The television adaptation of Steven Soderbergh’s movie The Girlfriend Experience looks like it has found its star. Indiewire’s The Playlist reports that Riley Keough will take on the 13-episode series, which will, like the film, tackle the concept of expensive escorts who provide their clients with the “girlfriend experience”—that is, providing affectionate, sustained interaction apart from (or in addition to) sexual acts. Adult film star Sasha Grey was the lead in the film.
Keough, Elvis Presley’s granddaughter, had a small role in Soderbergh’s Magic Mike. Though Soderbergh is executive producing, two directors, Lodge Kerrigan and Amy Seimetz, are writing and directing the project. “When Philip [Fleishman] floated the idea of a Girlfriend Experience-inspired television show, I thought: ‘Let’s make it a different woman in a different city, let’s pair two independent writer/directors, one male and one female, and let them do the whole thing,'” Soderbergh said in a statement upon the announcement of the show.