A Sneak Peek into ‘Fellow Travelers’: Jonathan Bailey and Matt Bomer Embrace a Revolutionary Love Story
The first look at ‘Fellow Travelers‘ starring Jonathan Bailey and Matt Bomer, is revealed. The series examines the volatile, passionate, and deeply loving romance between Hawkins Fuller (Bomer) and Tim Laughlin (Bailey). It will premiere this fall on Paramount+ with Showtime. See the images below.
Fellow Travelers was created by Ron Nyswaner and is based on Thomas Mallon’s novel. Starring Matt Bomer and Jonathan Bailey, it follows the love story between two men during the McCarthyism era in the 1950s. The filming began in Toronto on July 27, 2022, and wrapped up on December 9, 2022. Nyswaner penned the screenplay and serves as an executive producer. Additionally, Daniel Minahan, who is directing the first two episodes, is also an executive producer.
The series stars Allison Williams as Lucy Smith, Jelani Alladin as Marcus Hooks, Noah J. Ricketts as Frankie Hines, Linus Roache as Senator Wesley Smith, Will Brill as Cohn, Chris Bauer as McCarthy, Erin Neufer as Mary Johnson, Matt Visser as David Schine, Christine Horne as Jean Kerr, and David Tomlinson as Eddie Kofler.
Tim and Hawk’s relationship in Fellow Travelers is characterized by a complex power balance, as highlighted by Jonathan Bailey in an interview with Vanity Fair. According to Bailey, every sex scene in the series meticulously examines the dynamics of power between the characters. As the story unfolds, Hawk arranges for Tim to work for McCarthy and covertly gather information on the senator’s tactics and vulnerabilities. This give-and-take dynamic inevitably extends into the bedroom, where the two men navigate their evolving love and confront the transactional nature of their bond. Matt Bomer emphasizes the importance of trust and intimacy, particularly when facing societal opposition, stating that they keep their secrets together.
Bailey said, “The nuance of a complicated, volatile queer relationship is the power balance—and that is what is amazing about Tim and Hawk.” Bailey added, “Every single sex scene is a meticulous examination of power.” Fellow Travelers heats up as Hawk gets Tim a job working for McCarthy—and tasks him with spying on the senator for intel on his tactics, and insights into his weaknesses. This give-and-take inevitably moves into the bedroom, the space where these two men must grapple with not only their hidden blossoming love but also the transactional quality of their bond. “There’s a level of trust and intimacy that’s even more valuable when society is against you,” Bomer says. “You keep your secrets together.”
What Is The Plot Of ‘Fellow Travelers’?
Washington, D.C., in the early 1950 a world of bare-knuckled ideology, hard drinking, and secret dossiers, dominated by such outsized characters as Richard Nixon, Drew Pearson, Perle Mesta, and Joe McCarthy. Into this fevered city steps Timothy Laughlin, a recent Fordham graduate and devout Catholic eager to join the crusade against Communism. A chance encounter with a handsome, profligate State Department official, Hawkins Fuller, leads to Tim’s first job in D.C. and–after Fuller’s advances–his first love affair. Now, as McCarthy mounts an increasingly 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. Drawn into a maelstrom of deceit and intrigue, and clinging to the friendship of a beautiful young woman named Mary Johnson, Tim struggles to reconcile his political convictions, his love for God, and his love for Fuller–an entanglement that will end in a stunning act of betrayal.
Moving between the Senate Office Building and the Washington Evening Star , the diplomatic world of Foggy Bottom and NATO’s front line in Europe, Fellow Travelers is energized by high political drama, unexpected humor, and genuine heartbreak. It is Thomas Mallon’s most accomplished and daring novel to date.
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When will ‘Fellow Travelers’ premiere?
‘Fellow Travelers’ is set to premiere this fall.
Where can viewers watch ‘Fellow Travelers’?
The series will be available for streaming on Paramount+ with Showtime.
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