The Talented Mr Ripley is back and this time Andrew Scott plays him in a new Netflix series.
Titled Ripley, this new adaptation is based on Patricia Highsmith’s first Tom Ripley novel The Talented Mr. Ripley which was previously adapted in 1999 and starred Matt Damon, Jude Law, and Gweneth Paltrow… before she lost her damn mind and started selling beaver-scented candles.
Directed and written by Steven Zaillian, who worked on scripts for Scorsese’s The Irishman, and Gangs Of New York, as well as Schindler’s List, and The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. Based on this impressive back catalog, Ripley should be a rare gem in a sea of mediocrity.
The series focuses on Ripley in the 1960s, who is described as a grifter scraping by in New York. The official blurb is:
Scott’s Tom Ripley is a grifter scraping by in early ’60s New York. He’s hired by a wealthy industrialist to travel to Italy to try to convince the man’s dilettante son, Dickie Greenleaf (Johnny Flynn), to return home. Accepting the job is Tom’s first step into a complex life of deceit, fraud, and murder.
As well as Andrew Scott, who is riding the crest of a wave right now after All of Us Strangers, Ripley also stars Dakota Fanning, Johnny Flynn, Elliot Sumner, Maurizio Lombardi, and Margherita Buy. I also spot John Malkovich in the trailer but as his name doesn’t appear on the official cast, I can only presume this is just a fleeting appearance.
Ripley will be shown entirely in black and white, which I think looks great, and hits Netflix on 4th April.
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