New set photos have revealed the first look at Jonathan Bailey in the upcoming Evil movie. Having been adapted from Gregory Maguire’s novel, the Evil musical has been a hit on Broadway ever since its debut in 2003. Naturally, the next step was to adapt the story into a movie musical. After several years of rumours, it was confirmed Evil would be split into two films directed by Jon M. Chu, with Cynthia Erivo playing Elphaba and Ariana Grande as Glinda. Numerous set photos have already shown Erivo and Grande in costume.
The latest set of images from Splash News (via Evil Movie Updates) give 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 wand in the pictures, 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 the Captain of the Guard.
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Every new one Evil set photo generates more excitement and heightens expectations further, especially considering the amazing costumes and sets. While some popular Broadway adaptations don’t live up to the hype, there are several signs that indicate so Evil will not disappoint. It begins with the director, as Chu already directed the film adaptation of another beloved musical, In the Heights. It was well received by critics and the general public, with a 94 percent fresh rating from both sides on Rotten Tomatoes. There’s no reason to believe Chu won’t have the same kind of success with Evil.
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 known for their roles in various films and television series. In addition to their mainstream appeal, all three individuals have extensive experience on Broadway or in the West End, proving that they have the musical talents to bring Elphaba, Glinda and Fiyero to life.
The decision to split Evil into two films also bodes well. A single film might have had to rush through some of the musical’s best moments to fit everything into a reasonable running time. Two films provide more breathing space, allowing all of the musical’s best songs and moments to be presented, while allowing for the addition of new songs and even elements from the novel that were not included in the original musical. All signs point to Evil movies are big hits.
Source: Splash News (via Evil Movie Updates/Twitter)