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Jon Bernthal to star in 'American Gigolo' pilot

Jon Bernthal is to star in the Showtime pilot American Gigolo. File Photo by Chris Chew/UPI
Jon Bernthal is to star in the Showtime pilot "American Gigolo." File Photo by Chris Chew/UPI | License Photo

March 16 (UPI) -- The Walking Dead and The Punisher alum Jon Bernthal has signed on to star in a re-imagining of the 1980 Richard Gere film American Gigolo.

Showtime has ordered a pilot episode for a possible series written and directed by David Hollander, whose credits include the cable network's recently canceled show Ray Donovan.

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Jerry Bruckheimer, who produced the original film, and Bernthal are producers on the project.

"American Gigolo comes with all the sizzle you'd expect, but it also offers a deep dive into the complicated waters of relationships and sexuality in 2020," Gary Levine, president of entertainment at Showtime Networks Inc., said in a statement.

"We've assembled an 'A' team to adapt this iconic movie into a Showtime series with the talent and magnetism of Jon Bernthal, the exquisite film-making and show-running of David Hollander, the legendary Jerry Bruckheimer and our new sister studio, Paramount."

Bernthal's resume also includes Ford v Ferrari, The Many Saints of Newark, Widows, Baby Driver, Wind River and Grudge Match.

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