Judging from the cool palette and clean lines of the first trailer for “The Girlfriend Experience,” Steven Soderbergh’s new Starz TV series may prove to be an improvement on his original 2009 movie, starring escort-turned-actress Sasha Grey as a Manhattan call girl.
This time Riley Keough (“Mad Max: Fury Road”) plays Christine Reade, a second-year student at Chicago-Burnham Law School who starts an internship at posh law firm Kirkland & Allen. But she is distracted by a brave new world: transactional relationships. She becomes a “GFE” who provides “The Girlfriend Experience” for a high price, attracted by the rush of control and intimacy.
For the Starz series, executive producer Soderbergh links up two indie filmmakers as writer-director “co-creators,” Lodge Kerrigan and Amy Seimetz, who wrote and directed all 13 episodes. Between them they have much to offer: Kerrigan (“Clean Shaven,” “Clare Dolan,” “Keane”) is an experienced, cool-headed brainiac not unlike his mentor, who directed gifted actress Seimetz (“Upstream Color”) in the last season of TV’s “The Killing.” Seimetz has been multi-tasking as actress, writer, producer and director (“Sun Don’t Shine”) for the last decade.
I’m eager to see what they’re up to when the series debuts in 2016.