Andrew Scott is continue to play deceptive strangers with Netflix’s limited series “Ripley.”
The “All of Us Strangers” and “Fleabag” actor leads the “Talented Mr. Ripley” adaptation, turning Patricia Highsmith’s novels into a TV show format. Scott plays the title character, a grifter scraping by in early 1960s New York. Tom Ripley is hired by a wealthy man to travel to Italy to try to convince his vagabond son, Dickie Greenleaf (Johnny Flynn), to return home.
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Per the official logline, Tom’s acceptance of the job is the first step into a complex life of deceit, fraud, and murder. Dakota Fanning plays Marge Sherwood, Dickie’s girlfriend who suspects Tom is not who he says he is. Elliot Sumner, Maurizio Lombardi, Margherita Buy, and John Malkovich round out the cast.
Steven Zaillian writes and directs all eight episodes, with lead star Scott serving as a producer.
“The Talented Mr. Ripley” was famously adapted into a film starring Matt Damon, Jude Law, and Gwyneth Paltrow in 1999. Alain Delon additionally played Tom Ripley in an adaptation. The themes were most recently showcased in “Saltburn” with Emerald Fennell referencing the film.
“Ripley” is co-produced by Showtime and Endemol Shine North America in association with Entertainment 360 and Filmrights. Executive producers are writer/director Zaillian, Garrett Basch, Clayton Townsend, Guymon Casady, Ben Forkner, Sharon Levy, and Philipp Keel of Diogenes.
“I did find that character lonely-making,” Scott said. “I worked really hard and got quite sick, physically and mentally. It took a big toll on me. So when that was over, it made me think, how do I want to spend my life? I love acting, but I don’t necessarily think you should do it too much.”
“Ripley” premieres April 4 on Netflix. Check out the teaser below.
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