Jonathan Bailey and Matt Bomer are about to become entangled in an epic romance against a devastating political backdrop.
The “Fellow Travelers” limited series begins in 1952 with the night Dwight D. Eisenhower is elected president. Matt Bomer stars as the handsome and charismatic Hawkins Fuller, who maintained a financially rewarding behind-the-scenes career in politics during McCarthy-era Washington. Hawkins avoids emotional entanglements, until he meets Tim Laughlin (Jonathan 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,” kicking off one of the darkest periods in 20th-century American history, according to the official synopsis.
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Over the course of four decades, audiences follow the five main characters: Hawk, Tim, Marcus (Jelani Alladin), Lucy (Allison Williams) and Frankie (Noah J. Ricketts), as they cross paths at war protests in Vietnam. 1960s, the drug-fuelled disco hedonism of the 1970s and the AIDS crisis of the 1980s, all while facing obstacles in the world and in themselves.
“Fellow Travelers” was created by Oscar nominee Ron Nyswaner (“Philadelphia,” “Homeland”) and is based on Thomas Mallon’s romantic political thriller.
Showrunner Nyswaner and lead star Bomer executive produce with Robbie Rogers. Executive Daniel Minahan produces and directs the first two episodes. The series is co-produced by Fremantle with Showtime.
Actor Bailey told Vanity Fair that he had been waiting for a role as “Fellow Travelers.”
“My answer was always, ‘Well, I’d love to do a sweeping gay love story,’ but my experience really was that I’d never really seen them,” Bailey said. “Or if I had, I hadn’t seen actors like Matt and I play those roles.”
The “Bridgerton” alum added: “The nuance of a complicated and volatile queer relationship is the balance of power, and that’s what’s amazing about Tim and Hawk. Every sex scene is a meticulous examination of power. I’ll be very interested to see how people respond. For me, being queer is also about, as two men, how you negotiate the giving of your body to the other person. That’s something I’ve always longed to see done right because I know how extraordinary it is to experience it.”
“Fellow Travelers” is coming soon to Paramount+ with Showtime. Watch the teaser below.
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