American gigolo from Showtime, starring Jon Bernthal and premiering Friday, September 9 at 9 p.m. ET/PT, is a reinvention of one of the most memorable films of the 1980s. The 2022 film adaptation, made by David Hollander, is set 15 years after Julian Kaye’s improper arrest and imprisonment as he tries to navigate the modern sex industry in Los Angeles. Kaye is followed as he navigates his tangled relationships and tries to reconcile with his ex-lover Michelle Stratton, his troubled mother, and the individuals who stabbed him in the back and sentenced him to prison. Everything you need to know about Showtime’s new crime drama is here.
Everything we know about American Gigolo, including release date, cast and crew.
American Gigolo debuts on Showtime on Friday, September 9 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. The recurring cast includes Wayne Brady as Lorenzo and Laura Liguori as Elizabeth Shannon House, as well as Jon Bernthal as Julian Kaye, Gabriel LaBelle as the young Julian Kaye, Gretchen Mol as Michelle, Rosie O’Donnell as Detective Sunday, Lizzie Brocheré as Isabelle, and Leland Orser as Richard Stratton.
According to the official synopsis of the series:
“Succeeds Julian Kaye after his wrongful conviction, release from prison after 15 years as he fights to get back on his feet in the modern sex industry in Los Angeles and navigate his troubled relationships.”
American Gigolo is produced by Jon Bernthal and executive produced by David Hollander, Jerry Bruckheimer, Jonathan Littman and KristieAnne Reed.
More about American Gigolo: Trailer and the inspiration of the series
In July, the official trailer of American Gigolo debuted, which gives a glimpse into Julian Kaye’s search for the person responsible for his 15-year sentence. It also hinted at the character’s rekindled romance with Michelle, whose husband may be the one who framed him. The show received a 10-episode series order in June and will be available to watch on Showtime, with new episodes added weekly. The Showtime television version of American Gigolo is primarily inspired by the 1980 film starring Richard Gere as Julian Kaye, a Los Angeles call boy who lives an expensive life as a well-paid prostitute.
Kaye had it all: Giorgio Armani’s suits, the Mercedes, and a regular clientele of rich, older women looking to have a good time, that is, until he was falsely accused of a murder he didn’t commit, and no one was willing to help prove his innocence except the wife of frustrated politician and non-paying bedfellow Michelle Stratton. Paul Schrader directed the 1980 film, which was influenced by European art cinema. In the criminal drama film, Schrader combined the steamy aspect of s*x with the dangers of wealth. The film is a streamlined portrayal of a pleasure-seeking, emotionally disconnected person who is immersed in the high life of Los Angeles without any concern for the consequences, only to get caught up in it by accident.
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, producer Jerry Bruckheimer said of his partnership with Paramount to remake the 1980 film:
“With its signature noir style, American Gigolo has remained a highly engaging psychological thriller, and I am delighted to be working with [Paramount CEO] Brad [Grey] and [Paramount TV president] Amy [Powell] on adapting it into a TV series.”
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