Starz has cast actress Riley Keough (Magic Mike, Mad Max: Fury Road) in “The Girlfriend Experience,” a 13-part anthology series produced by Transactional Pictures.
The series, which is inspired by the 2009 Magnolia Pictures film of the same title and executive produced by Steven Soderbergh and Philip Fleishman, explores the relationships between the exclusive courtesans and their clients, for whom they provide far more than just sex.
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 original feature, directed by Soderbergh and written by Brian Koppelman and David Levien, screened at the Sundance Film Festival in 2009.
Soderbergh is currently directing the second season of his television series The Knick for Cinemax.