Just days after celebrating Fleabag at the 2019 Emmys, Andrew Scott (aka The Hot Priest) has landed his next role. Showtime announced on Wednesday that Scott will take on the role of Tom Ripley in Ripley, a new series based on the classic Patricia Highsmith novels.
Andrew Scott 🔥⛪️ will star in upcoming #Showtime drama series #RIPLEY, based on Patricia Highsmith’s bestselling Tom Ripley novels! Golden Globe winner and Emmy nominee Steven Zaillian will write and direct the first season. pic.twitter.com/X39RfKbKuD
— Showtime (@Showtime) September 25, 2019
The Ripley novels have been adapted for the screen several times, most recently, and notably, in 1999 with The Talented Mr. Ripley. The film starred Matt Damon in the title role and was nominated for five Academy Awards. The new series will adapt five of the novels —The Talented Mr. Ripley, Ripley Under Ground, Ripley’s Game, The Boy Who Followed Ripley, and Ripley Underwater– though the first season of eight episodes will focus on the first novel. The synopsis released by Showtime reads:
In the series, Tom Ripley (Scott), a grifter scraping by in early 1960s New York, is hired by a wealthy man to travel to Italy to try to convince his vagabond son to return home. Tom’s acceptance of the job is the first step into a complex life of deceit, fraud and murder.
Scott is also known for his role in Sherlock as Moriarty and his role in the film Pride. Aside from Ripley, his upcoming projects include His Dark Materials and Modern Love.