‘American Gigolo’ TV Series Cast: Jon Bernthal Stars in Remake of Richard Gere’s Iconic 1980 Hit

Revamped from the old film “American Gigolo”, the new series of the same name is a current reimagining of the iconic 1980s film. It follows Julian Kaye (Jon Bernthal) after his release from wrongful conviction after 15 years in prison while as he navigates his complicated relationship with his former lover Michelle (Gretchen Mol), his troubled mother, and the people who betrayed him. As Julian struggles to harmonize the escort he was in the past and the man he is today, Detective Sunday (Rosie O’Donnell) seeks the truth about the murder that sent Julian in prison all those years ago, unearthing a much larger conspiracy along the way. The series will premiere Friday, September 9, 2022 on Showtime.

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The film is iconic and outrageous when first released. It tells the story of an expensive Los Angeles escort who becomes romantically involved with the wife of a prominent politician, while simultaneously becoming the prime suspect in a murder case. It is also notable for its Golden Globe Award-nominated musical score, composed by Giorgio Moroder, and Blondie’s number one single “Call Me”.

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In the OG movie, viewers saw Richard Gere as Julian Kay, Lauren Hutton as Michelle Stratton, Bill Duke as Leon James, Hector Elizondo as Detective Joe Sunday, Frances Bergen as Mrs. Laudner, Carol Bruce as Mrs. Sloan, K Callan as Lisa Williams, Carole Cook as Mrs. Dobrun, Cindy Morgan as Jillian Summerset, David Cryer as Lieutenant Curtis, Richard Derr as Mr. Williams, Nina van Pallandt as Anne, and Robert Wightman as Floyd Wicker.

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The film is notable for establishing Gere as a leading man and was one of the first mainstream Hollywood films to include full frontal male nudity by its lead star. The film is widely credited with establishing the Giorgio Armani brand in Hollywood, as the Italian designer’s clothes figure prominently in Julian Kay’s wardrobe. When Gere replaced Travolta as Julian, the designer’s team had to make new clothes for him because Travolta is 6ft2, a few centimeters taller than Gere.

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In October 2014, Jerry Bruckheimer announced plans to adapt the film into a television series. In October 2016, it was announced that Neil Labute would write the series for Showtime. On June 15, 2021, Showtime greenlighted a production series consisting of 10 episodes. David Hollander will write, direct and manage the series. He is also set to serve as executive producer alongside Jerry Bruckheimer, Jonathan Littman and KristieAnne Reed. Jon Bernthal, Rosie O’Donnell, Lizzie Brocheré and Leland Orser were cast in the lead roles, while Wayne Brady was cast as the guest star.

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Jon Bernthal, who also starred in ‘Ford vs Ferrari’, recently wrapped production on the feature films ‘King Richard’ and ‘The Many Saints of Newark’. On television, he is known for his starring role as Frank Castle in “The Punisher” and Shane Walsh in “The Walking Dead.”