Dakota Fanning is taking on yet another new role!
The 27-year-old actress will star in Showtime’s Ripley, a drama based on Patricia Highsmith’s quintet of Tom Ripley novels, TVLine reported Thursday (March 11).
Fleabag star Andrew Scott will play the title role in the adaptation.
Here’s a plot summary: the show will “follow Tom Ripley as a grifter scraping by in early 1960s New York. When Tom is hired by a wealthy businessman to travel to Italy and try to convince the man’s vagabond son to return home, his acceptance of the job ‘is the first step into a complex life of deceit.’”
Dakota will play Marge Sherwood, an American living in Italy who suspects that Tom’s affability hides darker motives. Johnny Flynn joins as Dickie Greenleaf.
“Dakota Fanning is the perfect choice to play the deliciously complicated Marge opposite Andrew Scott’s Tom Ripley. She’s an actor that brings smarts and vulnerability to every part, with so much bubbling beneath the surface. We can’t wait to see her sink her teeth into this role in Steve Zaillian’s Ripley,” Showtime’s Amy Israel said.
Production starts in Italy later in 2021.
A few days prior, it was revealed that Dakota also has a new role in another Showtime show!