Jon Bernthal plays male escort in teaser for American Gigolo series

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

The 45-year-old King Richard actor stars as a male escort avcılar just emerging from prison after being incarcerated for 15 years for a wrongful murder conviction.

The series is a remake of the 1980 classic of the same name, which stars Richard Gere in the lead role and was directed by Taxi Driver scribe Paul Schrader. 

Leading man: Jon Bernthal, 45, takes over for Richard Gere in the teaser for Showtime's new series American Gigolo, inspired by the classic 1980 film of the same name

Leading man: Jon Bernthal, 45, takes over for Richard Gere in the teaser for Showtime’s new series American Gigolo, inspired by the classic 1980 film of the same name

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

He meets up with 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 him as she lies on her back — fully clothed — while a shirtless Julian leans over and caresses her face.

A quick montage illustrates his working life, as he’s seen escorting beautiful women out of sports cars and stripping down to reveal his ripped abs. 

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

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

The man inside: 'Is this who you are when you're working?' she asks him as she lies on her back ¿ fully clothed ¿ while a shirtless Julian leans over and caresses her face

The man inside: ‘Is this who you are when you’re working?’ she asks him as she lies on her back — fully clothed — while a shirtless Julian leans over and caresses her face

Life of luxury: A quick montage illustrates his working life, as he's seen escorting beautiful women out of sports cars and stripping down to reveal his ripped abs

Life of luxury: A quick montage illustrates his working life, as he’s seen escorting beautiful women out of sports cars and stripping down to reveal his ripped abs

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

‘This other guy who isn’t scared,’ he continues as the trailer takes a dark turn.

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

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

‘I jump in the water and I wash him off,’ he says of his other life. ‘Then I get to be me.’

Putting on a mask: 'I can always just be this other guy,' he replies in voiceover as he's seen whispering into a woman's ear at a bar. 'This other guy who isn't scared,' he continues as the trailer takes a dark turn

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

Bad timing: Julian is then seen in 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 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

Going deep: 'I jump in the water and I wash him off,' he says of his other life. 'Then I get to be me'

Going deep: ‘I jump in the water and I wash him off,’ he says of his other life. ‘Then I get to be me’

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

Julia throws his hands in the air as police officers jump out of their vehicles with their guns pointed at him.

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

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

Back to business: A final quick montage highlights the contradictions in Julian's post prison life, as he tries to renew his relationship with Michelle in a stylish red-bathed scene

Back to business: A final quick montage highlights the contradictions in Julian’s post prison life, as he tries to renew his relationship with Michelle in a stylish red-bathed scene

Again: The loving scene is juxtaposed against another run-in with the law. Julia throws his hands in the air as police officers jump out of their vehicles with their guns pointed at him

Again: The loving scene is juxtaposed against another run-in with the law. Julia throws his hands in the air as police officers jump out of their vehicles with their guns pointed at him

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!’ she shouts at the gigolo.

Meanwhile, Rosie O’Donnell briefly pops up on screen as Detective Sunday, who helped put Julian away and is still looking into 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 film release of American Gigolo and now we have the chance to continue the story of American Gigolo as a TV series,’ Executive Producer Jerry Bruckheimer — who produced the original film — told  on Tuesday. ‘Expect heightened mystery, danger, and desires as Jon Bernthal takes the movie’s iconic character on a contemporary, exhilarating journey.’

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

Gabriel LaBelle is featured in flashback scenes as a younger version of Julian, back when he was known as Johnny. 

So far, a release date hasn’t been set for American Gigolo. 

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

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

Investigating: Meanwhile, Rosie O'Donnell briefly pops up on screen as Detective Sunday, who helped put Julian away and is still looking into the true origins of the crime he went to prison for

Investigating: Meanwhile, Rosie O’Donnell briefly pops up on screen as Detective Sunday, who helped put Julian away and is still looking into the true origins of the crime he went to prison for

TBA: So far, a release date hasn't been set for American Gigolo

TBA: So far, a release date hasn’t been set for American Gigolo

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