Max Harwood will star as Jamie. (20th Century Fox/Twitter)
Twentieth Century Fox has announced the release date for the much-anticipated movie version of the West End hit musical Everybody’s Talking About Jamie.
Starring Max Harwood as Jamie and Richard E Grant as Hugo, the film will be coming to cinemas on October 23, 2020.
“Just Announced: “Everybody’s Talking About Jamie,” an all-new film based on the hit stage production, is coming to theatres October 23, 2020! The film stars @MaxHarwood (Jamie) and Academy Award nominee @RichardEGrant (Hugo),” 2oth Century Fox tweeted.
The 2017 musical – which in 2018 was nominated for five Olivier awards, and has won both Best New Musical and Best Original Cast Recording at the WhatsOn Stage Awards – started in Sheffield before transferring to London’s West End.
Just Announced: “Everybody’s Talking About Jamie,” an all-new film based on the hit stage production, is coming to theatres October 23, 2020! The film stars @MaxHarwood (Jamie) and Academy Award nominee @RichardEGrant (Hugo). #JamieMovie pic.twitter.com/fZN5DzNaay
— 20th Century Fox (@20thcenturyfox) August 20, 2019
The musical was inspired by the 2011 BBC Three documentary Jamie: Drag Queen at 16.
It will be Harwood’s professional on-screen debut, after he won the role following an open-casting call in Sheffield.
Mark Herbert, joint CEO and Producer at Warp Films, said: “It ticks every box for a Warp Film; a great central character; diversity at its core; and a massive amount of heart. We can’t wait to start.”
Jamie Campbell said: “All I originally wanted was to go to my school prom in a dress. Then Firecracker made the documentary. My story then inspired a West End musical. Now it’s a film! It’s incredible. Even I couldn’t have dreamed it.”
The movie will also star Sarah Lancashire (Happy Valley) as Margaret New, Game of Thrones’ Richard E Grant (Withnail and I) as Hugo and his drag alias Loco Chanel, Sharon Horgan (Catastrophe) as the dastardly Miss Hedge, and Shobna Gulati as Ray, who portrayed the role on stage in the West End production.