While the world was occupied with wondering when they’d receive the next season of The Crown, Squid Games, and Mindhunter, Netflix has quietly been working on an eight-episode adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s best-selling Tom Ripley novels starring Andrew Scott (Fleabag, Spectre, Sherlock).
Today, we’ve been treated to a rather stylish preview of the European-set cinematic affair ahead in the form of three black-and-white stills.
Simply dubbed Ripley, similar to the iconic 1999 flick starring Matt Damon, Jude Law, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Philip Seymour Hoffman, Netflix’s limited series will kick things off in New York during the early 60s.
Scott’s Ripley is a low-level grifter scraping by when he’s hired by a wealthy industrialist to retrieve his dilettante son, Dickie Greenleaf (Johnny Flynn), to return home from Italy. Accepting the job is Tom’s first step into a complex life of deceit, fraud, and yes, murder.
Dakota Fanning (Man On Fire, The Equalizer 3) has also joined the cast as Marge Sherwood, Dickie’s girlfriend, who suspects the darker motives underlying the actions of the titular Mr Ripley.
Netflix’s Ripley has been created by the Academy Award-winning Steven Zailian, who famously penned Schindler’s List, Mission: Impossible, Gangs of New York, co-wrote Moneyball alongside Aaron Sorkin, as well as having created HBO’s The Night Of.
This has been co-produced by the crimson N and Showtime.
While a specific release date has yet to be confirmed, Netflix has indicated Ripley is scheduled to premiere sometime in 2024. Given we’ve already been given a first-look preview, it should be too long before it hits your streaming queues.
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