“Bridgeton” lead man Jonathan Bailey has signed on for the lead role in the Showtime limited series “Fellow Travelers.” Diversity has learned.
Bailey joins previously announced cast members Matt Bomer and Allison Williams in the show, which is based on the novel of the same name by Thomas Mallon. It was ordered to be serialized on Showtime in April. Diversity Was specifically told that it was in the works in September 2021.
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On the show, the handsome and charismatic Hawkins Fuller (Bomer) escapes emotional entanglements – until he meets Tim Laughlin (Bailey), a young man full of idealism and religious convictions. They begin a romance as Joseph McCarthy and Roy Cohn declare war on “subversives and sexual deviance”, beginning one of the darkest periods in 20th-century American history. Over the course of four decades, Hawke and Tim cross 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, facing obstacles in the world and in themselves.
Laughlin is further described as a young Fordham University graduate who is serious about his political and religious beliefs and full of optimism about the post-WWII future.
Bailey is best known to American audiences for his role as Lord Anthony Bridgerton in the Netflix period drama “Bridgeton.” Season 2 of the show began in March, with Seasons 3 and 4 already ordered. Onscreen, he is also known for his roles in shows such as “Broadchurch,” “Leonardo,” “W1A,” and “Crashing.” He is also an accomplished stage actor, having won the Olivier Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Musical for his role in the 2019 West End production of “The Company”.
They have been reiterated by Conway Van Gelder Grant, CAA and Anonymous Materials.
“Fellow Travelers” will have eight episodes. “Philadelphia” writer and Oscar nominee Ron Niswaner is adapting the book for the screen and will also executive produce. Danielle Minahan, who most recently directed “Halston” for Netflix, will direct the first two episodes and executive produce. Bomer executive produces in addition to starring, 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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