Showtime Limited Series ‘Fellow Travellers’ Adds Five to Cast

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The Showtime limited series “Fellow Travelers” completes its cast.

Variety exclusively learned that the series cast Will Brill, Chris Bauer, Erin Neufer, Matt Visser and Christine Horne. in recurring roles. They join Matt Bomer, Jonathan Bailey and Allison Williams and series regulars Jelani Alladin, Noah J. Ricketts and Linus Roache.

The series is based on the novel of the same name by Thomas Mallon. Bomer will play the handsome and charismatic Hawkins Fuller, who enjoys a behind-the-scenes, financially rewarding political career. Hawkins 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 (Bauer) and Roy Cohn (Brill) 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.

Brill will return as Cohn, the ruthless chief legal adviser to Joe McCarthy’s Senate committee dedicated to eradicating communism in the United States, and whose obsession with handsome David Schine (Visser) causes outrage.

Brill was recently seen on HBO’s “The Time Traveler’s Wife” as well as her recurring role as Midge’s brother Noah on “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.” Her other credits include “Test Pattern” and “Lisey’s Story”. He is replaced by Gersh and Authentic Talent & Literary Management.

Bauer will return as McCarthy, the US senator from Wisconsin who was raised in poverty and rose to the heights of political power, exploiting fear of communism and the “sex deviants” of the time.

Bauer was recently seen in the limited series “Gaslit” as well as the pro wrestling drama “Heels,” both on Starz. He is also known for his roles in “The Deuce”, “True Blood”, “The Wire”. He is replaced by Framework Entertainment and Schreck Rose.

Neufer will return as Mary Johnson, an ambitious speechwriter, loyal friend of Tim (Bailey), associate of Hawk (Bomer) at the State Department and in a risky relationship with another woman.

In addition to her role as Marian on the HBO Max series “Julia,” Neufer is known for “Gypsy,” “Blue Bloods,” and “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.” It is replaced by Lasher Group and A3 Artists Agency.

Visser will return as David Schine, heir to his family’s hotel fortune who gains national prominence serving as a consultant on McCarthy’s Senate committee; his relationship with Roy Cohn (Brill) leads to the infamous Army-McCarthy hearings.

Visser’s credits include “A Teacher”, “Firefly Lane”, “Somewhere Between”, and “The Order”. It is replaced by RED Management

Horne will return as Jean Kerr, McCarthy’s devoted right-hand man, willing to do anything for the anti-Communist cause — even marrying his boss.

Horne has appeared on shows like “Murdoch Mysteries,” “Mallory Towers,” and “Riviera.” His movie credits include “Ashgrove”, “White Lie” and “Entropic”. She is replaced by Edna Talent Management.

“Fellow Travelers” will consist of eight episodes. “Philadelphia” writer and Oscar nominee Ron Nyswaner is adapting the book for the screen and will also serve as an executive producer. Daniel Minahan, who recently directed “Halston” for Netflix, will direct the first two episodes and executive produce. Bomer executive produces as well as stars, with Robbie Rogers also executive producing. Fremantle and Showtime will co-produce. The series will go into production in Toronto later this month.

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