Former “Sherlock” and “Fleabag” star Andrew Scott has been cast as Patricia Highsmith’s famed criminal, con artist and serial killer character Tom Ripley in the upcoming Showtime series based on her quintet of novels.
Writer-director Steven Zaillian is spearheading the project which has received a straight-to-series order of eight episodes. Zaillian will write and direct the entire first season of Ripley, which follows the titular character from 1960s New York to Italy after he’s hired by a wealthy man to retrieve his vagabond son and return him to America.
Showtime president of entertainment Gary Levine says in a statement: “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 character is arguably best known from the 1999 Anthony Minghella-directed film adaptation “The Talented Mr. Ripley” starring Jude Law, Gwyneth Paltrow, Cate Blanchett and Matt Damon in the title role.
Garrett Basch, Guymon Casady, Ben Forkner, Sharon Levy and Philipp Keel will executive produce.