Starz announced today that they have cast actress Riley Keough (Magic Mike, Mad Max: Fury Road) in “The Girlfriend Experience,” their upcoming 13-part anthology series inspired by Steven Soderbergh’s 2009 film. As in the Magnolia Pictures film, “The Girlfriend Experience” explores the relationships between the exclusive courtesans and their clients, for whom they provide far more than just sex. Soderbergh is serving as executive producer on the series alongside Philip Fleishman.
Keough will star as Christine Reade, a law student at the University of Chicago and an intern at a prestigious law firm, who is intrigued when a friend introduces her to the world of transactional relationships. Attracted to the rush of control and easy money, Christine has to confront her own conflicting identities. She learns to navigate and manipulate the big personalities in both worlds to get what she wants, in the process becoming a quasi-lover and confidant to men who are willing to pay richly for her time, offering a service known as a GFE (Girlfriend Experience).
The scripted anthology series will feature 13 half-hour episodes, which will be written and directed by independent filmmakers Lodge Kerrigan and Amy Seimetz.
“The Girlfriend Experience” is produced by Transactional Pictures, which licensed the television rights from the owner of the original feature film, Magnolia Pictures. Transactional Pictures has granted Starz all domestic multiplatform rights and Starz will serve as the worldwide distributor of all other rights to the series.
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