Dakota Fanning is set to star alongside Andrew Scott in the upcoming series adaptation ‘Ripley’ for Showtime.
The series focuses on Tom Ripley (Scott), a grifter scraping by in early 1960s New York. He is hired by a wealthy businessman 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. Fanning will take on the role of Marge Sherwood an American living in Italy who suspects darker motives underlie Tom’s affability.
Fanning also joins the previously cast Johnny Flynn.
Based on the Tom Ripley novels from Patricia Highsmith, Gwyneth Paltrow played the same role in ‘The Talented Mr. Ripley’.
Scribe Steven Zaillian is attached to write and direct the entire first season in addition to serving as an executive producer. Garrett Basch, Guymon Casady, Ben Forkner, Sharon Levy, Philipp Keel, and Charlie Corwin will also executive produce. Scott will produce in addition to starring.
Fanning was last seen in ‘The Alienist’ and has recently signed up to play the daughter of Betty and President Gerald Ford, Susan Ford in another Showtime series ‘The First Lady’.