Andrew Scott Stars in Netflix's Suspenseful New Series “Ripley” — First Trailer Out



by NOUMAN RASOOL

Andrew Scott Stars in Netflix's Suspenseful New Series “Ripley” — First Trailer Out
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Set to premiere on February 4, the eagerly anticipated Netflix limited series "Ripley" breathes new life into the intriguing world of Patricia Highsmith's Tom Ripley novels. This series, which has already sparked a buzz in the entertainment world, marks the latest screen adaptation of Highsmith's captivating narratives, following the critically acclaimed 1999 movie 'The Talented Mr.

Ripley.' Andrew Scott, renowned for his breakout role in "Fleabag" and currently receiving Oscar consideration for "All of Us Strangers," steps into the complex role of Tom Ripley. This adaptation delves into the shadowy life of the '60s grifter, previously brought to life by Matt Damon, alongside Gwyneth Paltrow and Jude Law, in the aforementioned film.

"Ripley" follows its titular character who, upon being hired by a wealthy benefactor, embarks on a mission to bring back the benefactor's wayward son, Dickie Greenleaf, from Italy. However, Tom becomes deeply infatuated with Dickie's luxurious lifestyle, leading him down a dark path of deceit, fraud, and eventually, murder.

Star-Studded Cast

The series boasts an impressive cast, with Johnny Flynn from "Emma" portraying Dickie Greenleaf, a role once essayed by Jude Law, and Dakota Fanning as Marge Sherwood, Dickie's girlfriend, a character previously played by Gwyneth Paltrow.

Fanning's character is pivotal, being the first to suspect Tom's true intentions. The eight-episode series, hitting Netflix in its entirety on February 4, is a creation of Steve Zaillian, an Academy Award winner known for "The Irishman" and "The Night Of." Zaillian, who serves as writer, director, and executive producer, expressed to Vanity Fair that the extended format of a series allowed a deeper exploration of Highsmith's intricate storytelling, tones, and nuances.

Interestingly, Zaillian revealed a unique artistic choice for the series – shooting in black and white, inspired by the edition of the Ripley book he had while working on the adaptation. Patricia Highsmith's legacy in literature is monumental, with five Ripley novels published over 36 years.

These have been adapted into various formats, including films like "Purple Noon" (1960), "The American Friend" (1977), and "Ripley's Game" (2002), as well as a 2009 BBC Radio 4 dramatization. Netflix's "Ripley" stands as the most comprehensive adaptation to date.

Andrew Scott, who also serves as an executive producer, shared with Vanity Fair the immense challenge of embodying such a complex character, both mentally and physically.

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