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How Netflix's 'Ripley' and the 'Talented' movie are different

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When the last year has gotten out of hand Salt burn wasn't enough to satisfy your appetite for vaguely homoerotic, hyper-class-conscious stories about con men and crooks, then have no fear of the new Netflix Ripley The limited series is finally here.

Based on Patricia Highsmith's groundbreaking series Tom Ripley Novels written and directed by Oscar winner Steven Zallian. In this updated version of the popular Grifter series, Tom Ripley (Andrew Scott) travels to Italy to convince Dickie Greenleaf (Johnny Flynn), a wealthy trust kid, to return to New York. However, when he arrives in Italy, Tom quickly falls for this leisure life himself and decides to do it anything to maintain it, leaving behind a long line of corpses and stolen identities. This new version of is a slow-paced thriller that questions questions of class, gender and sexuality Ripley will definitely be the next Netflix hit.

Here's everything we know about the new show.

How can I watch? Ripley, and the trailer?

Although Ripley After the series was commissioned by Showtime back in 2019, Netflix acquired the rights to the series last year after filming for all episodes was completed. All episodes are streaming now.

what is Ripley Around?

Based on Patricia Highsmith's popular novels, RipleyAccording to his official logline, he is “Tom Ripley, a crook who passed through New York in the early 1960s, [who] is hired by a wealthy businessman to travel to Italy and try to persuade his vagabond son to return home. Tom’s acceptance of the job is the first step into a complex life of fraud.”

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How is the Ripley series different from The Talented Mr. Ripley film?

Highsmith's novels have been adapted for the screen before – most notably the Oscar-nominated 1999 film The talented Mr. Ripley. But unlike the Anthony Minghella classic, which starred Matt Damon, Jude Law, Gwyneth Paltrow and Philip Seymour Hoffman, Netflix's Ripley is able to delve deeper into the inner world of Tom Ripley. With eight one-hour episodes (instead of two hours), the series has a lot more room to breathe and offers many new insights into this elusive character and his particular quirks.

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Andrew Scott also tried to separate be Tom Ripley from previous versions of the character. “You don’t play off people’s opinions and previous attitudes about Tom Ripley,” he said Vanity Fair earlier this year. “You have to throw all that away, try not to listen to them, and say, OK, well, I have to have the courage to develop our own vision and my own understanding of the character.”

Still, the biggest change is probably aesthetic. While The talented Mr. Ripley captivated audiences with its bright colors and captured the beauty of summer in Italy (and Matt Damon in a Speedo) with lush depictions of sunny beaches and expensive boats, Netflix Ripley Strips away any color and instead opts for striking black and white cinematography that immediately heightens the tension. The change helps highlight the original noir-inspired elements of Highsmith's novels without compromising the visual grandeur of the story itself.

Who is in the “Ripley” cast?

Ripley is led by the extremely talented Andrew Scott, who eagle-eyed television fans may recognize as the “Hot Priest.” Flea bag. Fresh off his starring role in last year's devastating film We are all strangersScott plays Thomas “Tom” Ripley, a con man and con man who is once again hired to travel to Italy to convince a rich man's son to return to New York.

The son in question, Richard “Dickie” Greenleaf, is played by Johnny Flynn, who you may know Emma. Dickie is an aspiring artist who has developed a taste for life in the Italian countryside despite his father's desire to take over the family business. He is carefree and relaxed – at least until Tom Ripley mysteriously enters his life.

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Meanwhile, Dakota Fanning plays Marge Sherwood, Dickie's maybe-girlfriend who is adjusting to life in Italy with the youngest Greenleaf. While Dickie initially falls for Tom's charms, Marge, an aspiring author, never gets used to Tom's intrusion into her life.

Rounding out the cast is musician and actor Eliot Sumner as Freddie Miles, a friend of Dickie and Marge who is immediately skeptical of Tom; Maurizio Lombardi as Pietro Ravini, an Italian inspector assigned to investigate the murder of one of Tom's victims; Margherita Buy as the landlady of a chic apartment that Tom rents in Venice; John Malkovich as Reeves Minot, whom Tom meets at a fancy party; and Kenneth Lonergan as Herbert Greenleaf, Dickie's father, who is largely responsible for setting Tom on this destructive journey in the first place.

Will there be more? Ripley?

Ripley was ordered as a miniseries, so we can assume these eight episodes mark the beginning And End of Tom Ripley's story in this iteration. Streaming companies, of course Love a hit, so depending on audience response, it's also possible that Netflix will still decide to extend Tom's story. There is currently no word on a sequel. But if there's one thing we know about Tom Ripley, it's that this con artist has an endless supply of new lives.