New set photos have revealed the first look at Jonathan Bailey in the upcoming Wicked movie. After being adapted from Gregory Maguire’s novel, the Wicked musical has been a hit on Broadway ever since its debut in 2003. The next step was naturally to adapt the story into a movie musical. After years of rumors, it was confirmed that Wicked would be split into two films directed by Jon M. Chu, with Cynthia Erivo playing Elphaba and Ariana Grande playing Glinda. Numerous set photos have already shown Erivo and Grande in costume.
The latest set photos from Splash News (via Wicked Movie Updates) provide the first look at Bridgerton star Bailey in costume as Fiyero as he stands alongside Grande, who is in costume as Glinda.
Since Glinda has her magic wand in the photos, and given the costumes and set design, these scenes appear to take place after Glinda and Fiyero leave Shiz University, when Glinda is known as Glinda the Good and Fiyero is Captain of the Guard.
Will The Wicked Movies Live Up To The Hype?
Each new Wicked set photo generates more excitement and raises expectations further, especially given the stunning costumes and set designs. While some popular Broadway movie adaptations fail to live up to the hype, there are several signs indicating that Wicked will not disappoint. It begins with the director, as Chu already directed the movie adaptation of another beloved musical, In the Heights. It was well-received by critics and general audiences, with a 94 percent fresh rating from both sides on Rotten Tomatoes. There is no reason to think Chu won’t have the same kind of success with Wicked.
The talent behind the camera is a promising sign, as is the talent on camera. Grande is one of the most popular singers in the world, while Erivo and Bailey are well-known for their roles in various movies and television series. In addition to their mainstream appeal, all three individuals have extensive experience on Broadway or on the West End, proving they have the musical talents to bring Elphaba, Glinda, and Fiyero to life.
The decision to split Wicked into two movies also bodes well. A single movie might have had to rush through some of the musical’s best moments in order to fit everything into a reasonable runtime. Two movies provide more breathing room, allowing all the musical’s best songs and moments to be featured, while also making it possible to add in new songs, and even elements from the novel that weren’t included in the original musical. All signs point to the Wicked movies being major hits.
Source: Splash News (via Wicked Movie Updates/Twitter)