Everybody’s Talking About Jamie And His Glamorous Dreams In New Trailer
Make your drag queen dreams come true! A new trailer for the film adaptation of the glamorous musical comedy Everybody’s Talking About Jamie
dropped today (August 10). Adapted from the critically acclaimed West End musical of the same name, the film follows 16-year-old Jamie New, played by Max Harwood, on his journey to calculate what he wants to be and do while attempting to conquer obstacles of prejudice, discrimination, and bullies.
The trailer starts with Jamie daydreaming of himself performing and dancing in clubs, as he stomps across cafeteria tables as if they were his runway to cope with the monotony of his British secondary school. Right after school in an empty classroom, he pulls out sparkly, red high heels and spills a secret to his best friend, Pritti Pasha (Lauren Patel), that he wants to be a drag queen. Later, we visualize the two companions enter a boutique operated by former performer Miss Loco Chanelle (Richard E. Grant), who becomes Jamie’s mentor in fabulosity.
Being a queer teenager is already challenging for Jamie. His father (Ralph Ineson) and career advisor (Sharon Horgan) are unsupportive of his dream. Jamie constantly battles his own self-doubts, questioning whether he should conform to social expectations and get a “real” career. “Do you ever just wish I was just — ‘normal’?” He asks his mom, who is played by Sarah Lancashire. She retorts with an educated point: “No, what is ‘normal’ anyway?” Even Pritti has some encouraging words: “Stop waiting for permission to be you.”
Both the film and musical are inspired by Jenny Popplewell’s 2011 documentary Jamie: Drag Queen at 16
. The stage-to-feature adaptation is the directorial debut for Jonathan Butterell and will also star Shobna Gulati, Adeel Akhtar, and Samuel Bottomley. There will also be cameos from John McCrea, the original West End actor who played Jamie; Bianca del Rio, RuPaul’s Drag Race
winner and the London production actor for Loco; and the real-life Jamie Campbell.
Certainly, the film will feature hit songs from the musical like “And You Don’t Even Know It,” “The Wall in My Head” and the titular “Everybody’s Talking About Jamie.” An exclusive new track for the film called “This Was Me” was also recorded.
Everybody’s Talking About Jamie
was originally set to be released in theaters on October 23, 2020, nevertheless was postponed by January 22, 2021 because of the COVID-19 pandemic. A new release date was set for February 26, although Disney canceled the film’s theatrical release and sold the distribution rights to Amazon.
The film will finally be accessible to stream on September 17, 2021, by way of the Amazon Prime Video.
According to Playbill
, the stage musical has also recently reopened at London’s Apollo Theatre this past May. It will eventually premiere
in North America at Los Angeles’s Center Theatre Group’s Ahmanson Theatre in 2022.
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