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Marvel and Walking Dead star Jon Bernthal making TV comeback

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Photo credit: Justin Lubin / Showtime
Photo credit: Justin Lubin / Showtime

The Walking Dead favourite Jon Bernthal has landed his next TV gig. 

Bursting onto the scene as Shane Walsh in the zombie apocalypse hit before being cast in the likes of The Punisher, The Wolf of Wall Street and this year's Those Who Wish Me Dead, Bernthal is now entering iconic territory in Showtime's limited series American Gigolo (via TVLine). 

Released in 1980, director Paul Schrader's film of the same name starred Richard Gere as an escort named Julian Kaye who's involved with a politician's wife while simultaneously the prime suspect in a murder investigation.

Photo credit: Justin Lubin / Showtime
Photo credit: Justin Lubin / Showtime

Related: The Punisher's Jon Bernthal reveals the character he wishes Frank Castle had spent more time with in season 2

In the upcoming series, which will consist of 10 episodes, Bernthal's Julian is "introduced 18 years after he's been arrested for murder and struggling to find his footing in the modern-day Los Angeles sex industry, while seeking the truth about the set-up that sent him to prison all those years ago".

Showtime president Gary Levine can't wait for audiences to witness Bernthal on this hallowed turf.

"If you haven't already fallen under the spell of Jon Bernthal, get ready," he teased. 

Photo credit: Paramount
Photo credit: Paramount

Related: The Walking Dead star Jon Bernthal explains why he stopped watching the show

"Jon absolutely owns the screen with his searing, brooding and vulnerable performance in this contemporary version of American Gigolo. 

"[Showrunner] David Hollander brilliantly reimagines the seductive original film, confronting the mystery, the exhilaration and the danger of our deepest desires."

American Gigolo will air in the US on Showtime.
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