Fans of Patricia Highsmith’s novel The Talented Mr. Ripley may be aware that Showtime is currently working on an adaptation of the book, and the man who will play Mr. Ripley has been announced. Actor Andrew Scott, who’s best known for his roles in Sherlock, Fleabag, and Spectre, will take on the titular role.
As The Hollywood Reporter reports, entitled Ripley, the show’s first season will consist of eight episodes which will be written and directed by Steven Zaillian. Speaking of the show, Showtime president of entertainment Gary Levine said: “We are so thrilled to have the supremely talented filmmaker, Steve Zaillian, adapt the singular saga of Tom Ripley from Patricia Highsmith’s novels as an ongoing series for Showtime. With Andrew Scott, whose charisma knows no bounds, inhabiting the iconic lead role, we feel confident that this will be a special one.”
The show will begin with Ripley in 1960s New York and see him travel to Italy after he’s hired by a wealthy man to bring his son back home. Many people will be familiar with the plot thanks to the popular 1999 film adaptation, which starred Matt Damon as Mr. Ripley. The film received a positive reception from moviegoers and here’s hoping the new series lives up to that quality.