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Jon Bernthal shows off shirtless bod in American Gigolo trailer

Jon Bernthal shows off his sculpted shirtless torso in a sizzling new trailer for a miniseries adapted from the 1980 classic American Gigolo.

The show seems to be a sequel of sorts to the original movie, which starred a young Richard Gere as an escort called Julian Kaye framed for murdering a woman.

In the new trailer, the dashing Julian – now played by Jon, 45 – emerges from jail after being exonerated for the killing and goes right back to work.

Heartthrob: Jon Bernthal shows off his sculpted shirtless torso in a sizzling new trailer for a miniseries adapted from the 1980 classic American Gigolo

Then and now: The show (right) seems a sequel of sorts to the original movie, which starred a young Richard Gere (left) as an tarsus escort called Julian Kaye framed for murdering a woman

At the start of the sneak peek, Julian is seen making love to client after client, flaunting his musclebound physique in the process.

The also provides a treat for fans of the original movie early on by being set to the Blondie song Call Me, the theme for the 1980 feature.

‘Since I was a kid, I could always just be this other guy, and he does what he’s gotta do,’ Julian says in voiceover during a montage of him turning tricks. 

He is half-naked, apparently at work, when the police come for him to arrest him for murder and he attempts unsuccessfully to escape.

Murder mystery: In the new trailer, the dashing Julian – now played by Jon, 45 – emerges from jail after being exonerated for the killing and goes right back to work

Feel the heat: At the start of the sneak peek, Julian is seen making love to client after client, flaunting his musclebound physique in the process

Sparks flying: Julian reignites his romance with an old flame called Michelle (Gretchen Mol), whom he was involved with before the murder

Working man: ‘Since I was a kid, I could always just be this other guy, and he does what he’s gotta do,’ Julian says in voiceover during a montage of him turning tricks

By the way: The also provides a treat for fans of the original movie early on by being set to the Blondie song Call Me, the theme for the 1980 feature

Close but no cigar: He is half-naked, apparently at work, when the police come for him to arrest him for murder and he attempts unsuccessfully to escape

Liberated: As a result he goes to prison for 15 years – until a detective played by Rosie O’Donnell informs him: ‘You’re a free man’

Leading man: Jon stars amid an expansive cast including Wayne Brady, Laura Liguori, Heather McComb and the French actress Lizzie Brochere

In the movie, Julian is freed because one of his clients Michelle (Lauren Hutton) gives him an alibi by saying she was using his services the night of the murder.

However in the miniseries Michelle, now played by Gretchen Mol, appears to have been unwilling to throw away her marriage to a rich politician to exonerate Julian. 

As a result he goes to prison for 15 years – until a detective played by Rosie O’Donnell informs him: ‘You’re a free man.’ 

He emerges from his jail sentence and has to figure out how to be an escort again in a changed Los Angeles after years out of practice.

Who’s who: Julian’s life takes another turn when Rosie’s character Detective Sunday informs him that a ‘killer for hire’ was actually behind the murder that sent him to jail

Adjustment: He emerges from his jail sentence and has to figure out how to be an escort again in a changed Los Angeles after years out of practice

‘You can’t let him see you!’: Now out of jail, he also has an emotional reunion with a nervous, platinum blonde woman who appears to be his mother

Magnetism: Of course, all the wile, Julian is reentering the world of prostitution, deciding he wants to ‘go back to work’ and getting quickly to the task at hand

Now out of jail, he also has an emotional reunion with a nervous, platinum blonde woman who appears to be his mother.

Their encounter ends mysteriously when the woman tells him in a panic: ‘You can’t let him see you!He’ll just do it again!’ and backs away.

Julian’s life takes another turn when Rosie’s character Detective Sunday informs him that a ‘killer for hire’ was actually behind the murder that sent him to jail.

In the meantime, he also reignites his relationship with Michelle – whose powerful husband Richard is played by Leland Orser. 

Workaday: Julian finds himself confronted with one client who stands amid a phalanx of mirrors to make it seem as though there are several of her surrounding him

‘Now show me what you can do’: ‘You wanted to work,’ she says, giving a shirtless Julian a kinky slap before letting her own robe slide off

As the mystery of the killing unravels, Julian declares the matter is ‘not over Detective Sunday warns him not to ‘mess around with people that powerful.’

The detective is briefly glimpsed at home, picking up a handgun and wearing a stern expression before heading out to work. 

Of course, all the wile, Julian is reentering the world of prostitution, deciding he wants to ‘go back to work’ and getting quickly to the task at hand.

When a client coos at him after sex: ‘I don’t want you to leave,’ he gives her a mischievous smile and says: ‘You pay me to leave.’

Quippy: When a client coos at him after sex: ‘I don’t want you to leave,’ he gives her a mischievous smile and says: ‘You pay me to leave’

Not having it: Paul Schrader, who wrote and directed the original movie, has said he is dead set against the idea of the remake

Julian finds himself confronted with one client who stands amid a phalanx of mirrors to make it seem as though there are several of her surrounding him.

‘You wanted to work,’ she says, giving a shirtless Julian a kinky slap before letting her own robe slide off.’Now show me what you can do.’

Paul Schrader, who wrote and directed the original movie, has said he is dead set against the idea of the remake.

New scene: Paul dismissed the very concept of an American Gigolo remake as ‘a terrible idea – times had changed, internet porn had redefined male sex work, viruses, etc.’

‘Some years ago I received a call from Paramount asking about remaking American Gigolo as a series,’ he wrote on Facebook last month.

‘I replied that I thought it was a terrible idea – times had changed, internet porn had redefined male sex work, viruses, etc.’

For rights reasons the project was able to proceed without his involvement, but he wrote that he does not ‘plan to watch’ it as ‘I don’t think I could be objective about it and, even if I could, it’s too much agita.’

Uninvolved: For rights reasons the project was able to proceed without Paul’s involvement, but he wrote that he does not ‘plan to watch’ it

Keeping away: Paul said he plans to avoid the series as ‘I don’t think I could be objective about it and, even if I could, it’s too much agita.’

However he expressed admiration for Jon and sent warm regards to Gretchen, whom he worked with on a 1999 movie called Forever Mine.

Paul wrote that he wished ‘I could have done a better job with the film I wrote and directed for her – sorry for that, Gretch.’

The new show features an expansive cast including Wayne Brady, Laura Liguori, Heather McComb and the French actress Lizzie Brochere. 

With or without Paul’s say-so, the miniseries is slated to premiere on Showtime and set tongues wagging this September 9. 

Gracious: However Paul expressed admiration for Jon and sent warm regards to Gretchen, whom he worked with on a 1999 movie called Forever Mine

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