Richard E. Grant to Play Former Drag Queen in Fox's 'Everybody's Talking About Jamie'

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'Catastrophe' co-creator Sharon Horgan and BAFTA-winning 'Happy Valley' star Sarah Lancashire have also been cast in the adaptation of the hit British stage musical.

Richard E. Grant, still fresh from his Oscar-nominated role in Can You Ever Forgive Me?, and Catastrophe co-creator and star Sharon Horgan have joined the cast of Everybody's Talking About Jamie, the adaptation of the hit British stage musical. 

Happy Valley star Sarah Lancashire has also joined the film, while newcomer Max Harwood is set to play the titular role of Jamie, a schoolboy who dreams of wearing a frock to his school prom.

Inspired by the true story of Jamie Campbell, Everybody’s Talking About Jamie follows 16-year-old Jamie New who lives on a council estate in Sheffield, England. Jamie doesn’t quite fit in. Jamie is terrified about the future. Jamie is going to be a sensation. Supported by his brilliant loving mum and surrounded by his friends, Jamie overcomes prejudice, beats the bullies and steps out of the darkness, into the spotlight. Grant plays former drag queen and Jamie’s mentor Hugo, with Horgan as Jamie’s teacher Miss Hedge and Lancashire as his mother, Margaret. Shobna Gulati, from the original stage cast, will reprise her role of Ray.

The film is a Film4, Warp Films and New Regency production and reunites the original creative team behind the stage production: director Jonathan Butterell, writer Tom MacRae, composer Dan Gillespie Sells and choreographer Kate Prince. Filming will begin in Sheffield, England, on June 24.

The film is produced by Mark Herbert and Peter Carlton for Warp Films and New Regency’s Arnon Milchan; executive producers are Yariv Milchan and Michael Schaefer for New Regency and Daniel Battsek and Ollie Madden for Film4, who developed the project alongside Warp Films. The film will be released worldwide via 20th Century Fox.

Everybody's Talking About Jamie originally opened in Sheffield in 2017 before moving to London's West End and being nominated for five Olivier Awards. It is currently playing at the Apollo Theater.