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Excellent news for these thinking about seeing extra of actor Jon Bernthal—probably in additional methods than one, relying on how intently it hews to its supply materials—with Showtime saying as we speak that the Walking Dead and Punisher star has signed on for the lead position in its TV sequel sequence to Paul Schrader’s American Gigolo. Per Deadline, Bernthal will play an 18-years-older model of Richard Gere’s iconic lothario Julian Kaye, nonetheless wrestling with the after-effects of the events of Schrader’s celebrated neo-noir.

Bernthal has labored at a reasonably relentless tempo since his breakout position as Shane Walsh in the course of the early seasons of The Strolling Useless; even now, he’s received one thing like seven initiatives in both pre-or-post-production, together with Williams tennis household drama King Richard and Taylor Sheridan’s These Who Want Me Useless. (To say nothing of his current position in Ford V Ferrari.) Bernthal’s capability for projecting vulnerability from beneath essentially the most brutal of exteriors has made him a standout in any variety of productions, and can doubtless serve him properly within the position of outwardly callous man of leisure Julian.

Launched in 1980, the unique American Gigolo was a star-making flip for Gere. The American Gigolo present, in the meantime has been in growth at Showtime for years now, having handed by way of the arms of everybody from Jerry Bruckheimer (who co-produced the unique movie) to potential author Neil LaBute. The sequence is presently within the arms of Ray Donovan showrunner David Hollander, and has been given a pilot order by Showtime.