Fleabag's 'hot priest' to star in Patricia Highsmith 'Ripley' series

Andrew Scott at the 2019 Emmys

Fleabag's 'hot priest' to star in Patricia Highsmith 'Ripley' series

Andrew Scott, the so-called "hot priest" of Emmy-winning Fleabag, is the latest star of the breakout hit comedy to land a major new U.S. television role.

Fleabag's Andrew Scott is set to star in USA cabler Showtime's forthcoming drama based on Patricia Highsmith's Tom Ripley novels.

Zaillian will write and direct the whole first season of Ripley, which follows the titular character from 1960s NY to Italy after he's employed by a rich man to retrieve his vagabond son and return him to America.

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.

Oscar and Golden Globe victor Steven Zaillian will write and direct the entire first season according to Showtime.

Just days after celebrating Fleabag at the 2019 Emmys, Andrew Scott (aka The Hot Priest) has landed his next role. However he then descends into a life of deceit, fraud and murder. Aside from Ripley, his upcoming projects include His Dark Materials and Modern Love.

Executive producers for the forthcoming TV series are Steven Zaillian, Garrett Basch, Guymon Casady, Ben Forkner, Sharon Levy and Philipp Keel.

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. He also wrote and directed the films All the King's Men, A Civil Action and Searching for Bobby Fischer. SHOWTIME is now available to subscribers via cable, DBS, and telco providers, and as a stand-alone streaming service through Amazon, Apple (R), Google, LG Smart TVs, Oculus Go, Roku (R), Samsung Smart TVs and Xbox One. SNI also manages Pop TV, a CBS network, and owns and operates Smithsonian Networks (TM), which offers Smithsonian Channel (TM) and Smithsonian Channel Plus (TM).

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