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Jon Bernthal to star in American Gigolo remake for Showtime

Jon Bernthal

Story by Jack Foley

JON Bernthal is to star in a pilot for proposed new drama American Gigolo for Showtime.

The potential series would be a present-day re-imagining of the 1980 film that made Richard Gere a star.

Bernthal will star as Julian Kaye, who 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.

Kaye splits his time between trying to find the truth about the set-up that sent him to prison and hoping to reconnect with Michelle, his one true love.

Jerry Bruckheimer TV’s Jonathan Littman and KristieAnne Reed are executive producing the series, while Ray Donovan showrunner David Hollander has also boarded the project.

Showtime entertainment president Gary Levine said in a statement: “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.

“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.”

Bernthal is currently filming King Richard and will appear in The Many Saints of Newark (aka The Sopranos prequel) and Platform as well as Small Engine Repair, the latter of which he also produced.

His TV credits include Netflix’s Marvel drama The Punisher and The Walking Dead, while other notable film work includes Brad Pitt WWII tank drama Fury and The Wolf of Wall Street.