The cast for the film adaption of West End musical Everybody's Talking About Jamie has been confirmed.
New Regency, Film4 and Warp Films are producing the film which will feature the creative team behind the stage production: director Jonathan Butterell, writer Tom MacRae, composer Dan Gillespie Sells and choreographer Kate Prince.
Everybody’s Talking About Jamie tells the story of Jamie New, a sixteen-year-old who lives on a council estate in Sheffield. Jamie doesn’t quite fit in. Jamie is terrified about the future. He 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.
Everybody's Talking About Jamie film cast
Recent Academy Award™ nominee Richard E. Grant (Can You Ever Forgive Me?, Logan) plays former drag queen and Jamie’s mentor Hugo with BAFTA nominee Sharon Horgan (Catastrophe) as Jamie’s teacher Miss Hedge.
BAFTA winner Sarah Lancashire (Happy Valley) will play his mother Margaret while Shobna Gulati, from the original stage cast, will reprise her role of Ray.
After receiving over 3000 applications from the open casting call, newcomer Max Harwood is cast in the title role of Jamie New.
Harwood, a 21 year old from Basingstoke is currently studying at Urdang Academy in London. This is his first professional role.
Following a year’s search for Jamie’s classmates via regional casting calls and outreach, 20 young locals from Yorkshire and the surrounding regions were cast.
Meanwhile, the original Jamie New in the West End production John McCrea is said to have a cameo in the movie.
Filming will begin in Sheffield, England on June 24. The film will be released worldwide via 20th Century Fox.
In a joint statement, Jonathan Butterell (director) Tom MacRae (writer) and Dan Gillespie Sells (Composer) stated: “Who would have thought when Jamie Campbell first put on his prom dress, that eight years later we would have brought together the best of British and Irish acting talent to tell his story.
"As well as launching a brand new star in Max Harwood to play Jamie himself, we’re so thrilled to welcome Sarah, Richard and Sharon to the Jamie family. Now the party’s really getting started.”