Jon Bernthal, best known for his role in Marvel’s “The Punisher” series, will play Julian Kaye, the playboy-for-hire from 1980 film “American Gigolo”, in a new Showtime series.
Richard Gere played Kaye in the Paul Schrader directed film.
In the reboot, spearheaded by “Ray Donovan” showrunner David Hollander, Kaye is introduced 18 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 setup that sent him to prison all those years ago and also hoping to reconnect with Michelle, his one true love.
Jerry Bruckheimer, whose company has been developing the series since 2014, will executive produce.
“American Gigolo comes with all the sizzle you’d expect, but it also offers a deep dive into the complicated waters of relationships and sexuality in 2020,” Showtime entertainment president Gary Levine said Wednesday in a statement. “We’ve assembled an ‘A’ team to adapt this iconic movie into a Showtime series with the talent and magnetism of Jon Bernthal, the exquisite filmmaking and showrunning of David Hollander, the legendary Jerry Bruckheimer and our new sister studio, Paramount.”
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