Jonathan Bailey: Wicked Films to 'Defy Gravity, Blow Minds



by NOUMAN RASOOL

Jonathan Bailey: Wicked Films to 'Defy Gravity, Blow Minds
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Jonathan Bailey, the soon-to-be Fiyero in the much-anticipated film adaptations of "Wicked," recently shared his excitement and awe for the project, especially praising his co-star Cynthia Erivo's portrayal of Elphaba. In a candid interview with PEOPLE, Bailey, known for his role in "Bridgerton," expressed his firm belief that the upcoming movies will completely captivate audiences.

Set to hit theaters in a two-part series, with the first installment premiering on November 27, 2024, and the second following on November 26, 2025, "Wicked" promises to be a cinematic spectacle. Bailey humorously advised fans to prepare for an experience so intense it might just "snatch your wig."

Unbreakable Cast Bond

Bailey's enthusiasm extends beyond the screen to the cast's chemistry.

He shared how the entire ensemble, united by their passion for theater, has formed an unbreakable bond. This camaraderie is expected to translate into powerful on-screen dynamics, particularly in the portrayal of the complex relationships within the story.

Particularly noteworthy is Bailey's admiration for Cynthia Erivo, an accomplished performer poised to bring a new depth to Elphaba, the iconic Wicked Witch of the West. Bailey describes working opposite her as an "incredible" experience, hinting at the profound impact her performance will have on audiences.

The star-studded cast also includes Oscar-winner Michelle Yeoh as Madame Morrible and Ariana Grande as Glinda. Bailey recalled being particularly struck by Yeoh's presence on set, noting the fresh energy she brought to the production straight off her Oscar triumph.

Balancing his commitment to "Wicked" with other projects, Bailey shared an anecdote about a hectic weekend juggling filming for "Fellow Travelers" with Matt Bomer in Toronto, shooting "Bridgerton" in London, and rehearsing for "Wicked." This demanding schedule underscores the dedication and versatility of the actor, who effortlessly transitions between diverse roles.

As anticipation builds for the premiere of "Wicked," fans can expect a film that not only brings a beloved musical to life but does so with a cast whose shared passion and talent promise to make it an unforgettable cinematic journey.