Andrew Scott Stars in the ‘Ripley’ Series Teaser

Preview:

  • The first ‘Ripley’ teaser is online.
  • Andrew Scott, Dakota Fanning and Johnny Flynn star.
  • The new series lands on Netflix in April.

Given the proliferation of spin-offs and prequels, you might be forgiven, upon seeing the title ‘Ripley’, that the new Netflix series focuses on the earlier days (or somehow, through science fiction trickery, continues the story) of Sigourney Weaver’s Ellen Ripley from the ‘Alien’ movies.

But from a first look at the teaser for the show, it all becomes clear: instead, what we have is the latest adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s 1955 novel ‘The Talented Mr. Ripley’.

This one comes from Steven Zaillian, who has quite the resume –– a regular collaborator of Ridley Scott, Steven Spielberg and Martin Scorsese, he’s also an accomplished filmmaker in his own right, having directed the likes of ‘Searching for Bobby Fischer’ and re-written many scripts in his time.

The story has, of course, already been brought famously to screens by Anthony Minghella in the 1999 film named for the novel, starring Matt Damon, Jude Law and Gwyneth Paltrow, but this new version appears to take inspiration from other books as well the main ‘Ripley’ tome.

What’s the story of ‘Ripley’?

Andrew Scott as Tom Ripley in ‘Ripley.’ Photo: Philippe Antonello/Netflix © 2023.

Tom Ripley (Andrew Scott) is a grifter scraping by in early 1960s New York. When he’s hired by a wealthy man to travel to Italy to try to convince his vagabond son (Johnny Flynn’s Dickie Greenleaf) to return home, Tom’s acceptance of the job is the first step into a complex life of deceit, fraud and murder.

Zaillian writes and directs all eight episodes, and from the looks of the first teaser, has shot the whole thing in crisp monochrome to give it some standout style.

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Who else is in ‘Ripley’?

Andrew Scott as Tom Ripley in 'Ripley.'

Andrew Scott as Tom Ripley in ‘Ripley.’ Photo Credit: Lorenzo Sisti/NETFLIX.

The cast for the show also includes Dakota Fanning, Elliot Sumner, Maurizio Lombardi, Margherita Buy and John Malkovich.

Scott, who is garnering plenty of attention thanks to superb work in the likes of ‘All of Us Strangers’, looks set to receive more acclaim for this. And the teaser spotlights an excellent ensemble around him.

When will ‘Ripley’ be on our screens?

Andrew Scott as Tom Ripley in 'Ripley.'

Andrew Scott as Tom Ripley in ‘Ripley.’ Photo: Philippe Antonello/Netflix © 2023.

All eight episodes of ‘Ripley’ are scheduled to arrive on Netflix on April 4th. If you ask us, given his less-than-truthful nature, April 1st might have made sense, but that doesn’t fit the streamer’s release policy.

Andrew Scott as Tom Ripley in 'Ripley.'

Andrew Scott as Tom Ripley in ‘Ripley.’ Photo: Philippe Antonello/Netflix © 2023.

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