Wicked: Jonathan Bailey in Talks to Join Universal’s Musical Movie

According to Collider, Bridgerton breakout Jonathan Bailey has reportedly entered talks to star alongside Ariana Grande and Cynthia Erivo in Universal Pictures’ long-in-development film adaptation of the Broadway musical Evil. Should the deal go through, Bailey would play the role of a handsome and carefree prince named Fiyero. This would also mark Bailey’s first major film role in a high-profile project.

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Based on Gregory Maguire’s bestselling novel and the Tony-winning stage musical Evil film will tell the untold story of the Witches of Oz led by Cynthia Erivo as Elphaba and Ariana Grande as Glinda. It will be directed by Jon M. Chu from a script written by the musical’s book writer Winnie Holzman and three-time Academy Award-winning composer and lyricist Stephen Schwartz.

It has also been confirmed that the film adaptation will now be split into two parts, to accommodate its massive story and stay true to its source material. Both films will have a Christmas release date, with the first arriving on December 25, 2024, while the second will hit theaters on December 25, 2025.

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The film adaptations will be produced by Marc Platt through his Universal-based Marc Platt Productions. Senior Executive Vice President of Production Erik Baiers and Vice President of Production Development Lexi Barta will oversee the project on behalf of Universal Pictures.

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