FX’s Fosse/Verdon, an eight-episode biographical miniseries on the lives of choreographer/filmmaker Bob Fosse and his romantic partner/dancer Gwen Verdon, has found its leads for the title roles. Sam Rockwell (“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”) will be playing Fosse and Michelle Williams (“The Greatest Showman”) will be Verdon. And given that the series is executive produced by Lin-Manuel Miranda of “Hamilton” fame, there’s a good chance you’ll see some singing and dancing from the two of them.
The series, based on a biography written by Sam Wasson, follows the lives of Fosse and Vernon when they met in 1955 and married in 1960. Bob Fosse was a highly influential choreographer of such musicals as “Damn Yankees” and won an Academy Award for his direction of the musical movie “Cabaret.” Gwen Verdon was an award-winning dancer of many musicals, including “Damn Yankees” where she met Fosse. The two of them would combine their talents to reshape entertainment for movies and stage, until eventually splitting ties in 1971.
As if that talent wasn’t enough of a reason to get excited, the addition of Lin-Manuel Miranda as executive producer is sure to generate some excitement for the buzz if not for his name than for “Hamilton” director Thomas Kail also being involved with this project as the director of the pilot. Also executive producing is Fosse’s daughter Nicole Fosse. Other talents on this project include Steven Levenson, the writer of the “Dear Even Hanson” book.
If this line-up has you ecstatic, FX shares your excitement for this project, via THR:
We are over the moon about this dream team we’ve assembled for this incredible series…Tommy, Steven, and Lin are the perfect team to tell the story of Bob Fosse and Gwen Verdon, and we’re so thrilled to have Sam and Michelle playing these iconic roles…We are honored to work with the incredible team at FX and Fox 21, and these two extraordinary actors, to tell the story of this remarkable couple, and the complicated, fascinating relationship between them.
The series will mark the first regular television role for Rockwell and Williams’ first TV role since “Dawson’s Creek.” Production will start this fall with an expected television premiere sometime in 2019.