Two of Hollywood’s most swarming heartthrobs get cozy in the first teaser for Showtime’s highly anticipated new series: “fellow travellers.”
Adaptation by Oscar-nominated screenwriter Ron Nyswaner based on Thomas Mallon’s “2007”. novelFellow Travelers follows a decade-long same-sex romance between fresh college grad Tim Laughlin (played by Jonathan Bailey) and war hero-turned State Department official Hawkins Fuller (Matt Bomer). The couple’s relationship begins in secret during the anti-LGBTQ campaign.Lavender Fear“ 1950s, where thousands of US government employees were dismissed or forced to resign because of their sexuality and continues during the HIV/AIDS epidemic of the 1980’s.
In addition to Bailey and Bomer, the show is also Entertainment Weekly describes as “an epic love story wrapped in a political thriller” – also Allison Williams plays Lucy Smith, a senator’s daughter who Hawkins has known since they were both teenagers.
Showtime released the first teaser for the series on Thursday, the first day of LGBTQ Pride Month. That point hadn’t escaped Bailey, who shared the footage on his Instagram account with the note: “Happy Pride, beautiful people.”
Watch the teaser of Fellow Travelers below.
Fellow Travelers has been a passionate project for Bailey, who has long expressed a desire to bring a “full gay love story” to screens but fears that with actors like himself and Bomer – who are both – it may never be possible would be gay in real life – starring.
“To me, being queer is also how you negotiate as two men, how you give your body to the other person,” said the actor, best known for his portrayal of Lord Anthony Bridgerton on the Netflix series Bridgerton is Vanity Fair Last month. “It’s something I’ve always longed for when done right because I know how extraordinary it is to experience.” He continued, “It was just the most joyful, emotional and informative experience I’ve ever had ever did at a job.”
While Bomer has also starred in LGBTQ-inclusive projects like HBO’s “The Normal Heart” and Netflix’s “The Boys in the Band,” he was excited at the opportunity to embody a character who’s undergoing dramatic changes in her personal life over time – and private life experienced from 35 years.
“It was really interesting to find the different ways of expressing their love and intimacy across the different time periods,” says the Magic Mike actor told Vanity Fair. “Every time I saw it, it was like opening a Christmas present [Bailey] in a new time period and see what that would bring to this new chapter of Tim’s life.”
Premiere of “Fellows”. this autumn on showtime.