SHOWTIME has announced that Jonathan Bailey (Bridgerton) will star in the new limited series FELLOW TRAVELERS, alongside Emmy nominee and Critics Choice Award winner Matt Bomer (The Normal Heart, The Boys in the Band) and Allison Williams (Get Out , Peter Pan LIVE!).
Bailey will play Tim Laughlin, a fresh graduate from Fordham University, serious about his political and religious beliefs and filled with optimism about the future after World War II. The eight-episode limited series is created by Oscar® nominee Ron Nyswaner (Philadelphia, HOMELAND).
Bomer and Nyswaner will serve as executive producers along with Robbie Rogers (All American, My Policeman). Daniel Minahan (Halston, AMERICAN CRIME Story: Versace) will produce and direct the first two episodes. Co-produced by Fremantle with SHOWTIME, FELLOW TRAVELERS will go into production later this month in Toronto.
Based on the novel by Thomas Mallon, FELLOW TRAVELERS is an epic love story and political thriller, chronicling the volatile romance of two very different men who meet in the shadows of McCarthy-era Washington. Handsome and charismatic Hawkins Fuller (Bomer) avoids emotional entanglements – until he meets Tim Laughlin (Bailey), a young man brimming with idealism and religious faith.
They begin a romance just as Joseph McCarthy and Roy Cohn declare war on “subversives and sexual deviants”, initiating one of the darkest periods in 20th century American history. Over the course of four decades, Hawk and Tim crossed paths through the protests of THE VIETNAM WAR of the 1960s, the drug-fueled disco hedonism of the 1970s, and the AIDS crisis of the 1980s, while dealing with obstacles in the world and in themselves.
Bailey was recently seen as Anthony Bridgerton in Bridgerton. He will reprise his role in season three. Other film and TV credits include Broadchurch, The Mercy, Michaela Coel’s Chewing Gum and Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s Crashing.
On stage, Bailey recently starred in Marianne Elliott’s sold-out revival of Cock, which received rave reviews in March 2022. Bailey previously collaborated with Elliott for the award-winning company, alongside Patti Lupone, for which he won an Olivier Award. He also starred alongside Ian Mckellen in KING Lear in 2017.
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