“What are you comfortable with?” Starz has released a new trailer for Steven Soderbergh’s upcoming series, The Girlfriend Experience.
Based off his 2009 film, the series stars Riley Keough as Christine Reade, a law student who becomes a high-class escort in order to make money.
The series debuted this weekend at the Sundance Film Festival. There, Deadline spoke to Starz CEO Chris Albrecht about the new drama and what to expect:
This is a view into the world of primarily one woman’s experience. So I think this indie film tone is something that suits this very well because it is that kind of subject matter.
Look, you can never tell, but I think the series speaks for itself. I think the intention from the beginning was to take a non-editorialized look at what could be a controversial subject and just present it out there for the audience to view and make their own choices. And, in the middle of it is great filmmaking and in my mind, an extraordinary, astonishing, brave performance by this young actress.”
Deadline also reported that each of the series’ 13 episodes would be around 30 minutes long, which is unusual for a primarily dramatic series. Albrecht said the format allows for easier binge watching:
Steven didn’t give us the episodes one at a time. He said I’m going to edit it like a movie, and I’m going to give you all the episodes. So the story is told over the six and a half hours, and I think the half-hour format is one of the reasons why, when you finish the first one, you go, I’ve got to watch the second one. Although there is a really strong narrative all the way through, this is almost like little slices of this young woman’s experience that just build, and build, and build, and build. So instead of having to craft within each episode a complicated story, the story is really told as pretty much one person’s story.”
The Girlfriend Experience debuts on Starz on April 10th.
Watch the trailer below:
What do you think? Have you seen the 2009 film? Will you watch the series?