Jon Bernthal Is a Former Escort Who Was Set Up For Murder in 'American Gigolo' Trailer

Watch a trailer for Showtime's reimagining of 'American Gigolo,' starring Jon Bernthal, ahead of its September premiere.
by Danielle Turchiano — 

Jon Bernthal in 'American Gigolo'


Jon Bernthal's next television venture is American Gigolo, which premieres Sept. 9 on Showtime's streaming and on-demand services before making its linear debut Sept. 11 at 9 p.m. See him in action in a just-released trailer, below.

The drama series follows Bernthal's Julian Kaye (the titular gigolo) who is released from prison after 15 years (and after being wrongfully convicted in the first place) and has to navigate relationships that have changed a lot in the decade and a half. It is a present-day reimagining of the 1980 film of the same title that starred Richard Gere in the lead role. That film has a Metascore of 57, but the series has not yet been made available for review.

As Julian juggles reconnecting with those he loves and those who betrayed him, he also has to reconcile his past as an escort when deciding who he wants to be in the present. All the while, Detective Sunday (Rosie O'Donnell) is searching for the truth about the murder that sent Julian to prison, and as she does, she unearths a much larger conspiracy.

Gretchen Mol stars as Julian's ex Michelle; Lizzie Brocheré as Isabelle, an heiress to a ring of sex workers; Gabriel LaBelle as Johnny, a younger version of Julian; and Leland Orser as self-made tech billionaire Richard Stratton. Wayne Brady guest-stars as Lorenzo, Julian's best friend and mentor. 

Other guest stars include Alex Fernandez, Sandrine Holt, Yolonda Ross, and Melora Walters. The show comes from showrunner Nikki Toscano, who executive produces alongside the film's producer Jerry Bruckheimer, Jonathan Littman, KristieAnne Reed, and Russell Rothberg. It hails from Paramount Television Studios.

New episodes of the drama will drop weekly on Fridays on streaming and on-demand platforms before airing on the network on Sunday nights.