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'Ripley' — plot, cast, trailer and everything we know about Andrew Scott's new drama

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Andrew Scott plays Tom Ripley in this new eight-part series. (Image credit: HBO)

Andrew Scott fans won't want to miss Ripley, a new eight-part TV adaptation of Patricia Highsmith's novel 'The Talented Mr Ripley' for Showtime and Sky Atlantic.

The Sherlock and Fleabag star will play Tom Ripley, a young grifter in 1960s New York who's hired by a wealthy man to convince his wayward, hedonist son to return home from Italy.

Those who've seen Anthony Minghella's 1999 film The Talented Mr Ripley, which starred Jude Law and Matt Damon, might be familiar with the tale, yet writer and director Steven Zaillian are set to breathe new life into the story. Here's everything we know so far... 

When will 'Ripley' be on TV? 

With filming taking place in Italy in October 2021, a 2022 release could be on the cards. Once a release date is confirmed, we'll be sure to let you know. 

The series will air on Showtime in the US and Sky Atlantic in the UK. 

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Johnny Flynn stars as Dickie Greenleaf. (Image credit: Getty)

What's 'Ripley' about?

The first series of this show follows Tom Ripley, a grifter scraping by in early 1960s New York, who is hired by a wealthy man to try to convince his vagabond son, Dickie Greenleaf, who's living a comfortable, trust-funded ex-pat life in Italy, to return home. Yet Tom’s acceptance of the job is the first step into a complex life of deceit, fraud and murder.

Who stars in 'Ripley'? 

Andrew Scott, who played Moriarty in the hit BBC series Sherlock, starred opposite Phoebe Waller-Bridge in Fleabag and has also appeared in His Dark Materials, stars in the lead role, yet there is plenty of other talent on the show. 

Johnny Flynn (David Bowie in rock biopic Stardust and Mr. Knightley, in Emma opposite Anya Taylor-Joy) stars as Dickie Greenleaf, while Dakota Fanning (Oceans 8, Once Upon A Time In Hollywood) plays Marge Sherwood, an American living in Italy who suspects darker motives underlie Tom’s affability.

Meanwhile, actor and musician Eliot Sumner (No Time To Die) also has a recurring role as a friend of Dickie's who becomes suspicious of Tom. Check out these images of Scott and Fanning on set...

What else do we know about 'Ripley'? 

The series is based on Patricia Highsmith's bestselling 1955 novel, The Talented Mr. Ripley, the first of five Ripley novels. The remaining books could become the basis for any future series if the show is recommissioned. 

Highsmith's famous book has been adapted for the screen many times, most recently in 1999, in Anthony Minghella's BAFTA-winning film that starred Matt Damon as Tom Ripley, Jude Law as Dickie Greenleaf and Gwyneth Paltrow as Marge Sherwood. 

Showtime's new series will be directed by Steven Zaillian, who won an Oscar for his efforts penning the screenplay for Schindler’s List and also wrote and directed the acclaimed HBO series The Night Of

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Dakota fanning plays Marge Sherwood (Image credit: Getty)

Andrew Scott talks 'Ripley'

"We're going to attempt to do a few of the Patricia Highsmith novels, who in many people's minds, is the greatest crime writer of all time," he told Red Carpet News TV. "We're going to shoot it in Italy and America and it's an extraordinary character. I'm just thinking about how i'm going to put my own stamp on it.

"It's been adapted by Steve Zaillian, who as we all know is a bit of a genius, so I'm very excited to work with him. Johnny Flynn is playing Dickie Greenleaf and he's an actor who works a lot in the theatre, so I'm also excited to work with him. We've also got some very exciting people who are going to be in it with us.

"I'm really excited to just flip it around. We're going to do eight hours of television, so it's a whole new breaking down of the character." 

Is there a 'Ripley' trailer? 

Not yet, but when one arrives we'll be sure to post it here. In the meantime, here's the trailer for Anthony Minghella's 1999 film, The Talented Mr. Ripley

Sean Marland
Sean Marland

Sean has been writing about all things telly for over 10 years and in that time he's been lucky enough to interview stars like Ian McKellen, Tom Hardy and Kate Winslet. His favourite shows are The Great British Bake-Off, People Just Do Nothing and Succession and in his spare time he enjoys drinking tea, doing crosswords and watching football.