The show brimmed with bravery and empowerment and sets our expectations high for the upcoming film. Potential worries have already been tempered, as Richard E. Grant has been confirmed as part of the supporting cast as former drag queen and Jamie's mentor, Hugo/Loco Chanelle.
Grant was last seen in Marielle Heller's Can You Ever Forgive Me?, which earned the actor an Oscar nomination. His role as Jack Hock boasted the performer's sensitivity and flamboyance, and this new role feels like a natural progression.
He'll be starring opposite newcomer Max Harwood as Jamie, as well as Catastrophe's Sharon Horgan as Jamie's teacher Miss Hedge and Sarah Lancashire (Happy Valley) as Jamie's mother, Margaret.
The film comes at an opportune time – fresh movie musicals have been booming since La La Land, with Bohemian Rhapsody and Rocketman relishing collective nostalgia and reckoning with the price of fame. In the wake of stirring tv show Pose, focusing on ball culture and drag communities in 1980s New York, it does feel like there's a gap in the market for a more contemporary portrait of drag queens on the silver screen.
Whether we'll get to see Richard E. Grant put on a flamboyant show remains to be seen, as filming begins this summer in Sheffield, ahead of a 2020 release for the film. And if that's too long to wait – tickets are still on sale for the extended run of the glittering stage production on the West End now.
|What||Everybody's Talking About Jamie film adaptation|
21 Oct 20 – 21 Oct 21, TIMES VARY
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