Richard E. Grant, who was nominated for an Academy Award for his performance in Can You Ever Forgive Me?, will play the role of Hugo, the former drag queen known as Loco Chanelle, in the forthcoming film adaptation of the hit London musical Everybody’s Talking About Jamie.
The movie musical will also feature Sharon Horgan (Catastrophe), Sarah Lancashire (Happy Valley), and newcomer Max Harwood in the title role.
Director Jonathan Butterell and choreographer Kate Prince, who helmed the stage production, will repeat their work for the movie musical. Filming will begin June 24.
Based on the 2011 documentary Jamie: Drag Queen at 16, Everybody's Talking About Jamie centers on a young drag queen who overcomes prejudice to step into the spotlight. The musical features music by The Feeling lead singer and songwriter Dan Gillespie Sells and a book and lyrics by Tom MacRae.
Everybody's Talking About Jamie had its world premiere at Sheffield's Crucible Theatre in 2017, which led to a concept album featuring vocals by Sells, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Betty Boo, and the Sheffield production's stars, John McCrea (as Jamie New) and Josie Walker (as his mother Margaret). The Sheffield production subsequently transferred to the West End in November 2017, with McCrea and Walker reprising their roles. The production was broadcast live in U.K. movie theatres in July 2018.
Nominated for five Olivier Awards, Everybody’s Talking About Jamie continues at London's Apollo Theatre.