is to play gay as an ageing bisexual escort in what is being touted as the follow-up to cult 1980 film American Gigolo
. The star will pick up where Richard Gere's
seedy character left off, playing an escort of Washington, D.C., socialites with a gay lover waiting for him at home.
Writer/director Paul Shrader admits "The Walker" is a continuation of American Gigolo. He says, "His gifts are now more social than sexual."
Shrader accepts the choice of Harrelson may be a surprise to some: "This will be quite a transformation for him, from the hairpiece and his manner to the clothes he wears."
The film, which starts shooting in Britain next week, also features Willem Dafoe
, Lily Tomlin
, Kristin Scott Thomas
and Lauren Bacall