Andrew Scott Is Handsome and Creepy AF in the New Trailer for Netflix’s ‘Ripley’

Judging from the new trailer, the latest version of The Talented Mr. Ripley — which is simply titled Ripley — is shaping up to be as eerily gripping as ever.

Lesbian writer Patricia Highsmith pioneered the “be gay, do crime” subgenre, particularly through her The Talented Mr. Ripley novels. You might be familiar with the 1999 film adaptation of the same name, starring a young Matt Damon as the eponymous queer con man. Now the story is being adapted once again as a Netflix limited series, with All of Us Strangers’ Andrew Scott in the titular role.

The trailer, which dropped on Monday, opens with an investigator questioning a young woman named Marge (Dakota Fanning, taking over Gwyneth Paltrow’s role from the ’90s film) about one Thomas Ripley.

“Tom is one of those people who takes advantage of people,” Marge says, going on to add, “I don’t trust him. He’s a liar. It’s his profession.”

In Netflix’s version, Ripley’s story begins in early 1960s New York City, when wealthy businessman Herbert Greenleaf mistakes him for a Princeton classmate of his son Dickie (Johnny Flynn). Dickie has fled the demands of adult life in favor of living a posh Italian lifestyle with his girlfriend Marge, and after Herbert recruits Ripley to bring Dickie back to the United States, Ripley becomes obsessed with his new friend and the cushy life he leads, to the point where it’s unclear whether he wants to be Dickie or be with him (probably a bit of both). In one unnerving moment from the trailer, Ripley poses in front of a mirror, pitching his voice to sound exactly like his new pal’s.

Needless to say, Ripley isn’t afraid of committing a little bit of homoerotic murder to secure his new life among the one percent. Suddenly, the trailer intersperses shots of shady back-alley dealings and corpses alongside stunning Italian vistas.

“False IDs, bank letters. What’s going on, Tom?” one character asks.

“Someone is dead in Rome, and Signore Ripley is missing,” another says ominously.

You’ll have to tune in to find out if Ripley gets away with his bloody scheming. In the meantime, let’s hope that casting an out gay actor means that Netflix’s Ripley adaptation will allow Scott to bring the complicated, compelling queer character to life in his entirety.

Ripley premieres on Netflix on April 4.

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