American actress Dakota Fanning is set to star alongside Fleabag star Andrew Scott in Showtime drama series ‘Ripley’. The series is based on Patricia Highsmith’s Tom Ripley novels — The Talented Mr. Ripley, Ripley Under Ground, Ripley’s Game, The Boy Who Followed Ripley and Ripley Underwater.
It also features actor Johnny Flynn.The story follows Tom Ripley (Scott), a grifter scraping by in early 1960s New York, who is hired by a wealthy man to try to convince his vagabond son, Dickie Greenleaf ( Flynn), who is living a comfortable, trust-funded ex-pat life in Italy, to return home. Tom’s acceptance of the job is the first step into a complex life of deceit, fraud and murder.
According to Variety, Fanning will play Marge Sherwood, an American living in Italy who suspects darker motives underlie the affability of Tom Ripley.
Oscar-winner Steven Zaillian is attached to write and direct the entire first season in addition to serving as an executive producer.
“Dakota Fanning is the perfect choice to play the deliciously complicated Marge opposite Andrew Scott’s Tom Ripley. She’s an actor who brings smarts and vulnerability to every part, with so much bubbling beneath the surface. We can’t wait to see her sink her teeth into this role in Steve Zaillian’s Ripley,” said Amy Israel, executive vice president of scripted programming at Showtime.