Showtime has dropped an official trailer for American Gigolo, its forthcoming TV remake of Paul Schrader’s 1980 neo-noir film. It stars Jon Bernthal as he takes over the role of Julian Kaye, originally played by Richard Gere. The series is set to make its debut on September 9.
The video, which you can check out below, features Julian Kaye. After spending more than a decade in prison, Julian finally gets acquitted of a crime he didn’t commit. As he returns to society, he finds himself having a hard time going back into the escort scene. Meanwhile, he must also find out who had him framed for murder.
Showtime’s American Gigolo is a present-day reimagining of the iconic 1980 film. “Bernthal will play Julian Kaye, who is introduced 15 years after he’s been arrested for murder,” reads the synopsis. “He’s 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.”
Joining Bernthal are Gretchen Mol (Boardwalk Empire) as Michelle, a character previously portrayed by Lauren Hutton in the original, Rosie O’Donnell (SMILF) as homicide Detective Sunday, Lizzie Brocheré (Falling Water) as sex work ring heiress Isabelle, Gabriel LaBelle (Dead Shack) as a younger version of Julian named Johnny, Leland Orser (Ray Donovan) as Richard Stratton, a self-made tech billionaire, and guest star Wayne Brady (The Wayne Brady Show) as Lorenzo, Julian’s best friend and mentor.
American Gigolo was originally developed by David Hollander, who left the project last April following his misconduct allegations. Executive producers are original film producer Jerry Bruckheimer, Jonathan Littman, and KristieAnne Reed, with Bernthal set as a producer. It is a production by Paramount Television Studios.