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Showtime has ordered a series of the American Gigolo revival starring Jon Bernthal.

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Jon Bernthal, American Gigolo, Showtime

Last year, it was announced that Jon Bernthal would star in and produce a Showtime TV series adaptation of AMERICAN GIGOLO. It might take a while, but the network has now issued a series of orders today.

The American Gigolo series, written and directed by David Hollander (Ray Donovan), will be a contemporary remake of the 1980 film of the same name starring Richard Gere. Julian Kaye, played by Jon Bernthal (Boardwalk Empire), will be “introduced 15 years after he’s been arrested for murder and struggling to find his footing in the modern-day Los Angeles sex industry while seeking the truth about the set-up that sent him to prison all those years ago and also hoping to reconnect with Michelle, his one true love, played by Gretchen Mol (Boardwalk Empire).” In addition to Jon Bernthal and Gretchen Mol, the American Gigolo cast will include Rosie O’Donnell (SMILF) as homicide Detective Sunday, Lizzie Brocheré (Falling Water) as sex work ring heiress Isabelle, Gabriel LaBelle (Dead Shack) as Julian’s younger brother Johnny, and Leland Orser (Ray Donovan) as Richard Stratton, a self-made tech billionaire. Wayne Brady (The Wayne Brady Show) will also make an appearance as Lorenzo, Julian’s best friend and mentor.

If you haven’t already fallen under the spell of Jon Bernthal, get ready,” said Gary Levine, Showtime’s President of Entertainment. “Jon absolutely owns the screen with his searing, brooding, and vulnerable performance in this contemporary version of American Gigolo. Writer/director David Hollander brilliantly reimagines the seductive original film, confronting the mystery, the exhilaration, and the danger of our deepest desires.” Jon Bernthal most recently appeared alongside Angelina Jolie in Taylor Sheridan’s Those Who Wish Me Dead, and he will next be seen in The Many Saints of Newark on September 24, 2021, and King Richard on November 19, 2021.

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