Netflix’s highly anticipated limited series, “Ripley,” brings forth a thrilling narrative that promises to captivate audiences from the very first frame. Stepping into the cunning shoes of the ’60s grifter, Tom Ripley, Andrew Scott is the latest actor to lead the charge.
The series, based on Patricia Highsmith’s bestselling Tim Ripley novels, unfolds a tale of intrigue, fraud, and murder. Andrew Scott, currently riding high on the waves of acclaim for his role in “All of Us Strangers,” takes center stage as the master of cons in the first trailer that recently hit the streaming platform.
“Ripley” follows the classic storyline of a conman hired to bring back a wandering son, Dickie Greenleaf, played by Johnny Flynn, from the allure of Italy to his wealthy family’s fold. However, as the plot thickens, Tom Ripley becomes entangled in the glamour of Dickie’s lifestyle, blurring the lines between deception and reality.
Dakota Fanning enters the scene as Marge Sherwood, Dickie’s girlfriend, suspicious of Tom’s true identity. The suspenseful drama, set to unfold over eight episodes, is scheduled to grace screens worldwide on February 4th.
Executive produced and directed by Academy Award winner Steve Zaillian (“The Irishman,” “The Night Of”), the series aims to stay faithful to Highsmith’s intricate storytelling. Zaillian shared his approach of capturing the nuances of Tom’s treachery over multiple episodes, allowing a more comprehensive exploration of the character.
Adding a unique touch to the series, Zaillian chose to film in black and white, aligning with the aesthetic of the edition of the Ripley book that inspired him. The decision reflects a dedication to the subtleties and tone of Highsmith’s work, creating a visual experience that resonates with the essence of the source material.
Patricia Highsmith, who passed away in 1995, left behind a legacy with five Ripley novels published over 36 years. “Ripley” joins a distinguished list of adaptations, with previous versions hitting the big and small screens, making this Netflix rendition the most comprehensive exploration of the character to date.
Taking on the challenging role of Tom Ripley was no small feat for Scott, who also serves as an executive producer for the show. In a candid interview with Vanity Fair, he admitted the mental and physical toll of the character, stating, “It was a heavy part to play.” Scott emphasized the necessity of creating a fresh perspective on the character, unburdened by preconceived notions, and the courage required to delve into the complexities of Tom Ripley.