Jon Bernthal turns up the charm as a male escort in teaser for Showtime’s American Gigolo series

Jon Bernthal showed a new side of himself when the trailer for Showtime’s upcoming American Gigolo series was released Tuesday.

The 45-year-old King Richard actor plays a male escort who has just been released from prison after being incarcerated for 15 years on a manslaughter conviction.

The series is a remake of the 1980 classic of the same name, starring Richard Gere in the title role and directed by Taxi Driver screenwriter Paul Schrader.

Starring: Jon Bernthal, 45, replaces Richard Gere in the sneak peek of Showtime's new series American Gigolo, inspired by the classic 1980 film of the same name.

Starring: Jon Bernthal, 45, replaces Richard Gere in the sneak peek of Showtime’s new series American Gigolo, inspired by the classic 1980 film of the same name.

Bernthal is seen in the trailer just as his character Julian Kaye is trying to restart his life on the outside.

He meets Michelle (Gretchen Mol), who is described as his “one true love” in the show’s synopsis.

‘Is this who you are when you’re working?’ she asks her as she lies on her back, fully clothed, while Julian, shirtless, leans in and caresses her face.

A quick montage illustrates his work life, as he has been seen escorting beautiful women out of sports cars and stripping to reveal his ripped abs.

Outside: Bernthal stars as a male escort, Julian Kaye, who tries to reconnect with his love Michelle (Gretchen Mol) after being falsely imprisoned for 15 years on a murder conviction.

Outside: Bernthal stars as a male escort, Julian Kaye, who tries to reconnect with his love Michelle (Gretchen Mol) after being falsely imprisoned for 15 years on a murder conviction.

Inside man: 'Is this who you are when you're working?'  she asks her as she lies on her back, fully clothed, while Julian, shirtless, leans in and caresses her face.

Inside man: ‘Is this who you are when you’re working?’ she asks her as she lies on her back, fully clothed, while Julian, shirtless, leans in and caresses her face.

Life of Luxury: A quick montage illustrates his work life, as he has been seen escorting beautiful women out of sports cars and stripping to reveal his ripped abs.

Life of Luxury: A quick montage illustrates his work life, as he has been seen escorting beautiful women out of sports cars and stripping to reveal his ripped abs.

“I can always be this other guy,” he replies in a voiceover as he is seen whispering into a woman’s ear at a bar.

“This other guy who’s not afraid,” he continues as the trailer takes a dark turn.

Julian is then seen in a flashback as he tries to resuscitate a woman in bed who is covered in blood.

It’s unclear if he found her dead body or woke up next to the murdered woman, but the police arrive at the worst possible time as he tries to flee the scene.

“I jump in the water and wash it off,” he says of his other life. ‘Then I can be myself.’

Putting on a mask:

Putting on a mask, “I can always be this other guy,” he replies in a voiceover as he is seen whispering into a woman’s ear at a bar. “This other guy who isn’t afraid,” she continues as the trailer takes a dark turn.

Bad Timing: Julian is then seen in a flashback as he tries to resuscitate a woman in bed who is covered in blood.  The police arrive at the worst possible time as he tries to flee the scene.

Bad Timing: Julian is then seen in a flashback as he tries to resuscitate a woman in bed who is covered in blood. The police arrive at the worst possible time as he tries to flee the scene.

Digging deeper: 'I jump in the water and wash it off,' he says of his other life.  'Then it can be me'

Digging deeper: ‘I jump in the water and wash it off,’ he says of his other life. ‘Then it can be me’

A quick final montage highlights the contradictions in Julian’s post-prison life as he tries to renew his relationship with Michelle in a stylish red-washed scene, juxtaposed with another run-in with the law.

Julia throws her hands in the air as the cops jump out of their vehicles pointing their guns at her.

Leland Orser, who plays a tech billionaire, is also briefly seen.

Another scene with Mol shows her frantically trying to chase Julian away.

Back to Business: One last quick montage highlights the contradictions in Julian's post-prison life, as he attempts to renew his relationship with Michelle in an elegant red-drenched scene.

Back to Business: One last quick montage highlights the contradictions in Julian’s post-prison life, as he attempts to renew his relationship with Michelle in an elegant red-drenched scene.

Again: the love scene is juxtaposed with another encounter with the law.  Julia throws her hands in the air as the cops jump out of their vehicles pointing their guns at her.

Again: the love scene is juxtaposed with another encounter with the law. Julia throws her hands in the air as the cops jump out of their vehicles pointing their guns at her.

In the Shadows: Leland Orser, who plays a tech billionaire, is also briefly seen

In the Shadows: Leland Orser, who plays a tech billionaire, is also briefly seen

‘You can’t let him see you, he’ll just do it again!’ he yells at the gigolo.

Meanwhile, Rosie O’Donnell appears briefly on screen as Detective Sunday, who helped put Julian away and is still investigating the true origins of the crime he went to prison for.

“It’s hard to believe it’s been more than 40 years since the American Gigolo movie was released and now we have the opportunity to continue the American Gigolo story as a television series,” executive producer Jerry Bruckheimer, who produced the show, told Entertainment. original movie. Weekly on Tuesday. “Expect greater mystery, danger and desire as Jon Bernthal takes the film’s iconic character on an exciting and contemporary journey.”

The show’s cast also includes Lizzie Brocheré as Isabelle, who inherited a sex worker organization, and Wayne Brady, who guest stars as Lorenzo, Julian’s best friend.

Gabriel LaBelle appears in flashbacks as a younger version of Julian, when he was known as Johnny.

As of now, no release date has been set for American Gigolo.

Another scene with Mol shows her frantically trying to chase Julian away.  'You can't let him see you, he'll just do it again!'  yells at the gigolo

Another scene with Mol shows her frantically trying to chase Julian away. ‘You can’t let him see you, he’ll just do it again!’ yells at the gigolo

Investigating: Meanwhile, Rosie O'Donnell appears briefly on screen as Detective Sunday, who helped put Julian away and is still investigating the true origins of the crime she went to prison for.

Investigating: Meanwhile, Rosie O’Donnell appears briefly on screen as Detective Sunday, who helped put Julian away and is still investigating the true origins of the crime she went to prison for.

TBA: So far, no release date has been set for American Gigolo

TBA: So far, no release date has been set for American Gigolo

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