Andrew Scott To Depict Patricia Highsmith's Tom Ripley In New TV Drama


"Fleabag" fans longing to see more of the Hot Priest, your prayers have been answered: Andrew Scott will play the title role in "Ripley", an ongoing drama series from Showtime, the network announced Wednesday.

True to the books, Variety describes the character as 'a grifter scraping by in early 1960s NY, who is hired by a wealthy man to travel to Italy to try to convince his vagabond son to return home'.

The program will be embeded in the 1960s.

Tom Ripley appeared in five novels for Highsmith, though the most memorable and oft-adapted Ripley book is 1955's The Talented Mr. Ripley.

There's no word yet on who'll play Dickie Greenleaf or Marge Sherwood in the new TV adaptation, which is being steered by writer-director Steven Zaillian (The Night Of) for Showtime.

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After winning the rights to the series in an auction early this April, Showtime is moving forward with the upcoming series adaptation of the acclaimed mystery novel The Talented Mr. Ripley with Sherlock veteran Andrew Scott set to portray the titular character.

After accepting the job, his European voyage spirals into a complex life of lies, deceit and murder.

After playing the Hot Priest on newly-crowned Emmy victor Fleabag, Irish actor Andrew Scott is set to star in a new Talented Mr. Ripley TV series from Oscar victor Steve Zaillian and Showtime, Collider has learned. The drama stars BAFTA Award victor Andrew Scott, who most people know as the "hot preist" in "Fleabag", taking the lead role of Tom Ripley.

Zaillian, Garrett Basch, Guymon Casady, Ben Forkner, Sharon Levy, and Philipp Keel of Diogenes will executive produce.

Scott joined the irreverent British comedy for the second and final series, playing a clergyman who strikes up an intense and unlikely romance with Phoebe Waller-Bridge's protagonist. Scott will function a producer on the sequence.