Everything We Know About Fellow Travelers Starring Jonathan Bailey and Matt Bomer

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Photo credit: Jason Heatherington
Photo credit: Jason Heatherington

Jonathan Bailey is set to star in a very different period drama from Bridgerton.

Bailey will co-star with Matt Bomer in Fellow Travelers, a limited series on Showtime set in 1950s McCarthy-era Washington, D.C. that is part epic love story, part political thriller that will track the "volatile romance" of two men over four decades.

Here's everything we know so far about the show.

Fellow Travelers is based on a historical fiction book of the same name by Thomas Mallon.

Here's the plot of Mallon's novel: "It's 1950s Washington, D.C.: a world of bare-knuckled ideology and secret dossiers, dominated by personalities like Richard Nixon, Lyndon Johnson, and Joe McCarthy. Enter Timothy Laughlin, a recent college graduate and devout Catholic eager to join the crusade against Communism. An encounter with a handsome State Department official, Hawkins Fuller, leads to Tim's first job and, after Fuller's advances, his first love affair.

As McCarthy mounts a desperate bid for power and internal investigations focus on 'sexual subversives' in the government, Tim and Fuller find it ever more dangerous to navigate their double lives. Moving between the diplomatic world of Foggy Bottom and NATO's front line in Europe, Fellow Travelers is a searing historical novel infused with political drama, unexpected humor, and genuine heartbreak."

The plot takes place over four decades, starting in the 1950s.

Bomer is set to play charismatic Hawkins Fuller, and Bailey will play the young and idealistic Tim Laughlin. Fellow Travelers will follow Hawk and Tim's story over four decades—as the two cross paths through the Vietnam War protests of the 1960s, the drug-fueled disco hedonism of the 1970s, and the AIDS crisis of the 1980s.

Allison Williams will play Lucy Smith, a senator's daughter who has known Hawk since they were teenagers.

The show is set to begin production in Toronto at the end of July.

Bailey will still be part of Bridgerton season three, so ostensibly, his filming schedules for the two TV shows won't overlap.

Oscar nominee Ron Nyswaner created the show, and will executive produce alongside Bomer, Robbie Rogers, and Daniel Minahan.

There's no premiere date yet for Fellow Travelers.

We'll update this post as soon as we learn more.

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