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Jonathan Bailey joins Wicked movies as Prince Fiyero

"I am too excited to pretend this hasn’t been happening."

2022-09-22

Words: Alastair James; pictures: Claire Harrison

Jonathan Bailey is no doubt 'Dancing Through Life' after it was confirmed that he is joining the cast of the Wicked movies as the dashing Prince Fiyero.

The news was confirmed on Wednesday (21 September) by the film's director, Jon M. Chu on Twitter. 

"He’s perfect, they’re perfect. They’d be perfect together. Born to be forever….. I am too excited to pretend this hasn’t been happening. We have a Fiyero!!!! #JonathanBailey #Wicked," Chu tweeted.

After showing off his musical chops in shows such as The Last Five Years and more recently in his award-winning turn in the musical Company, Bailey is no doubt the right fit for the part. 

Referencing his character's song from the show, 'Dancing Through Life', Jonathan posted on Instagram on Wednesday a series of sunny snaps with the location tagged as Canada. The captions reads, "Dancing through. 🇨🇦 💚"

 
 
 
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We can expect Jonathan to be lighting up the most swankified place in town on Christmas 2024, with the second part due out a year later. 

The Bridgerton heartthrob joins previously announced Cynthia Erivo and Ariana Grande (Elphaba and Glinda respectively) in the film adaptation of the beloved and long-running musical.

Wicked tells the story of Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West from The Wizard of Oz, and how she became the iconic villainess. 

The musical's original composer, Stephen Schwartz, is said to be adapting the screenplay with the original book writer for the show, Winnie Holzman.

Jonathan is clearly high in demand these days. As well as filming for Bridgerton's third season, the actor has recently been announced to be starring as Matt Bomer's love interest in Fellow Travelers, and opposite Felicity Jones in the comedy, Maria.

He's also commonly cited as a favourite to take over the role of James Bond following Daniel Craig's exit from the role. 

The Attitude September/October issue is out now.