Jonathan Bailey isn't just on the rise — he's defying gravity. The actor, best known for playing Viscount Anthony Bridgerton on Netflix's Regency era drama, will play another swoon-worthy noble, as he has officially been cast as Fiyero in the Wicked movie musical.
Bailey is the first major role to be filled since last year's announcement that Ariana Grande and Cynthia Erivo would star as Glinda and Elphaba, respectively. Fiyero is a fellow student at Shiz, a carefree party boy and prince who becomes Elphaba's love interest to and duet partner for "As Long as You're Mine."
"He's perfect, they're perfect. They'd be perfect together. Born to be forever…..," director Jon M. Chu tweeted in confirmation. "I am too excited to pretend this hasn't been happening. We have a Fiyero!!!!! "
Meanwhile, Erivo celebrated his casting with a string of bubble and green heart emojis (below), while Grande wrote, "Oh what a celebration we'll have today!!!!!! We are so excited for you to join us over here in Oz!!!!!!"
In addition to his work onscreen, Bailey is a veteran of the stage, having begun his career starring in Royal Shakespeare Company productions when he was seven years old and making his West End debut in Les Misérables as Gavroche. He starred in the London revival of The Last Five Years in 2016 and the West End revival of Company, for which he won the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Musical in 2019.
In April, Chu revealed that the Wicked adaptation would be split into two movies. ("With more space, we can tell the story of Wicked as it was meant to be told," he said.) Stephen Schwartz, who composed the music and lyrics for the Tony Award-winning Broadway show, is writing the script with Winnie Holzman, who wrote the original show's book.
Wicked Part One and Part Two are set to hit theaters on Christmas 2024 and 2025.