Hot new couple alert! Jonathan Bailey and Matt Bomer are playing secret lovers in a series that just jumped to the top of our watchlist.
The out actors have been tapped to star in Fellow Travelers, a new Showtime limited series about two men who meet and fall in love in McCarthy-era Washington, D.C. Their paths continue to cross for decades from the '50s through to the AIDS crisis of the '80s. The series is based on the 2007 novel of the same name by Thomas Mallon. The plot description reads:
The series is part love story, part political thriller that will track the volatile romance of two very different men who meet in the shadow of McCarthy-era Washington: Hawkins Fuller (Bomer), a charismatic political operative who avoids emotional entanglements — until he meets Tim Laughlin (Bailey), an earnest Fordham University graduate brimming with idealism and religious faith.
“As a thrilling and deeply moving exploration of character and American life in the latter half of the past century, ‘Fellow Travelers’ shines an unprecedented light on stories that are as urgent today as ever,” Jana Winograde, co-president of entertainment for Showtime Networks, said back in April when the series was greenlit. “The series delivers us directly into an insider world of Washington rife with national consequences, while drawing out the intimate moments that are profoundly personal and often heartbreaking. We are beyond thrilled to have Ron, Matt, Robbie and Daniel take us on this suspenseful and romantic journey.”
The eight-episode series was adapted by Philadelphia and My Policeman screenwriter Ron Nyswaner, who will also executive produce along with Bomer and Robbie Rogers. Fellow Travelers will begin filming later this month in Toronto.
Bomer is currently filming Maestro, the Leonard Bernstein biopic starring Bradley Cooper, and Bailey is still slated to return for Bridgerton Season 3.
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