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The trailer for Andrew Scott’s Ripley has made me do a total 180-Adam Miller-Entertainment – Metro


The trailer for Andrew Scott’s Ripley has made me do a total 180-Adam Miller-Entertainment – Metro

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Few films come close to perfection but The Talented Mr Ripley is one of them.

The 1999 voguish thriller starring Matt Damon as con artist Tom Ripley doesn’t get the kudos it deserves as one of the most mesmerising movies of the 90s.

It’s easily Jude Law’s best performance as the seductive dandy Dickie Greenleaf, and after a recent watch I was embarrassed not to hold Damon as one of the best actors of a generation.

Throw in Cate Blanchett, Philip Seymour Hoffman and of course Gwyneth Paltrow and you’ve got one of the most exciting ensembles ever, each at the beginning of what would become extraordinary careers and in Talent Mr Ripley it’s clear to see why.

Subsequently I was perhaps unreasonably livid when Netflix announced it was adapting Patricia Highman’s novel again, this time for an eight-episode series with Andrew Scott – man of the moment (again), starring in one of the most lauded films of the year, All of Us Strangers.

Well, Netflix has just released its trailer for Ripley and guess who is eating their words now?

Andrew Scott is the latest leading man to play stylish serial killer Tom Ripley (Picture: Netflix)

I was skeptical for Ripley – I’ve changed my mind (Picture: Netflix)

Matt Damon starred as a more boyish Tom Ripley in the 1999 movie (Picture: Moviestore/REX/Shutterstock)

Scott’s Ripley is described as ‘a grifter scraping by in early 1960s New York,’ when he is hired by a wealthy man to jet off to Italy and convince his jobless son to return home and stop carelessly galivanting around Europe with his girlfriend Marge.

Tom accepts and proves to become a master of deceit and in an unexpected turn, surprisingly adept at fraud and murder.  

In the 60 seconds alone, the Ripley trailer is bursting with originality, all eight episode shot entirely in black and white, it’s instantly breath-taking.

Fresh from being snubbed by Bafta, Scott’s interpretation of the Ripley is already radically different to Damon, leaning more into being a dangerous psychopath and less of a hapless dope.

Don’t get me wrong, I was here for Damon’s more boyish Ripley (closer to the Ripley of the books) but Scott’s cold killer is without a doubt more intimidating. If he’ll be as compelling as Damon throughout, I’ll reserve judgement until I’ve binged the whole thing but in the trailer alone he is genuinely chilling.

Joining Scott is Dakota Fanning as Marge Sherwood and Johnny Flynn plays Dickie with Steven Zaillian returning for his first major TV project since the utterly brilliant miniseries The Night Of.

And if Ripley is half as impressive as The Night Of, it will be sensational.

Ripley is available to stream on Netflix from April 4.

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