Fleabag’s hot priest Andrew Scott lands starring role in Showtime’s Ripley series

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Scott will now take the lead in a new series, starring in Steven Zaillian's adaptation of Patricia Highsmith's Tom Ripley novels for United States cable network Showtime.

The series has received an eight-episode order from Showtime, with Steve Zaillian writing and directing, having previously helmed HBO's miniseries The Night Of.

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Highsmith's novels had been famously tailored into 1999 movie The Proficient Mr. Ripley, starring Matt Damon within the title function reverse Jude Legislation, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Cate Blanchett. Scott will also serve as a producer on the series. Showtime hasn't said exactly how The Talented Mr. Ripley will become an "ongoing series", but if the adaptation is successful, there are four other Patricia Highsmith novels featuring Tom Ripley which could potentially provide the source material. 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.

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"We are so thrilled to have the supremely talented filmmaker, Steve Zaillian, adapt the singular saga of Tom Ripley from Patricia Highsmith's novels as an ongoing series for Showtime", said Gary Levine, one of Showtime's presidents of entertainment. However he then descends into a life of deceit, fraud and murder. The executive producers are Steven Zaillian, Garrett Basch, Guymon Casady, Ben Forkner, Sharon Levy and Philipp Keel of Diogenes. Oscar and Golden Globe (R) victor and Emmy (R) nominee Steven Zaillian (Schindler's List, The Night Of) will write and direct the entire first season. You might remember the film adaptation from director Anthony Minghella.

On Tuesday, Amazon announced a major new content-producing deal with Waller-Bridge, who also wrote Fleabag, reportedly worth US$20 million (RM83.9 million) per year over three years.

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