The cast of Showtime’s upcoming limited series Fellow Travelers has just expanded with the addition of Bridgerton star Jonathan Bailey. Following his shift into a leading role for the second season of Netflix’s aforementioned regency romance — in which he portrays Viscount Anthony Bridgerton — Bailey is now due to take on the role of Tim Laughlin, a young Fordham University graduate, earnest about his political and religious convictions and filled with optimism about the post-WWII future.
Bailey will star alongside Matt Bomer (The Normal Heart, The Boys in the Band) and Allison Williams (Get Out, Girls) in the eight-episode series, which is created by Ron Nyswaner (Philadelphia, HOMELAND).
“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 shadow 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 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, while facing obstacles in the world and in themselves.”
Bomer and Nyswaner serve as executive producers with Robbie Rogers, and Daniel Minahan will executive produce and direct the first two episodes. The series is co-produced by Fremantle with Showtime.
Fellow Travelers will begin filming later this month in Toronto, Ontario.