Dakota Fanning is doubling down on Showtime roles.
The Alienist: Angel of Darkness and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood star is joining drama Ripley opposite Andrew Scott.
It comes after she was cast in Showtime’s scripted anthology drama series The First Lady (w/t) as Susan Elizabeth Ford, the only daughter and youngest child of President Gerald and Betty Ford.
Fanning will play Marge Sherwood, an American living in Italy who suspects darker motives underlie affability the affability of Tom Ripley, played by Fleabag star Scott.
Based on Patricia Highsmith’s books, the show comes from The Night Of’s Steven Zaillian.
In the series, Tom Ripley (Scott), a grifter scraping by in early 1960s New York, is hired by a wealthy man to try to convince his vagabond son, Dickie Greenleaf, played by Johnny Flynn, who is living a comfortable, trust-funded ex-pat life in Italy, to return home. Tom’s acceptance of the job is the first step into a complex life of deceit, fraud and murder.
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This year marks the 20th anniversary of Dakota Fanning’s first TV role. In 2000, the actress guest starred on an episode of NBC’s ER when she was 6 years old, and remembers it “like it was yesterday.”
“My character was named Delia. I was in a car accident, they found out that I had leukemia,” Fanning recalls to ET’s Keltie Knight of her character. “The props people gave me a whole, real medical kit at the end. Like, a neck brace, and they gave me all the all the props to take and play with. I literally thought it was Christmas Day.”
The 26-year-old starlet says she remembers “that feeling of fun and that feeling of excitement” while on set of the hospital drama. “I was very young to watch ER,but at the same time, it was a show that my family watched, so I was familiar with the story.”
As for what she’d tell her 6-year-old self, Fanning would stress “never forgetting to sort of soak in the fun of it all and the excitement and to not lose that kind of child.”
Decades later, Fanning has a thriving acting career and is now returning to star in the second season of TNT’s The Alienist alongside Daniel Brühl and Luke Evans. This time around, former police department secretary Sara Howard (Fanning) has opened up her own private detective agency and has reunited with Dr. Kreizler (Brühl), the alienist, and John Moore (Evans), who is now a New York Times reporter, to try to find the Spanish Consular’s kidnapped infant daughter.
Evans tells ET that the story will resonate with audiences because the struggles in 1890s New York City are quite similar to what society is facing now. “For everybody who watches it, you see the fight isn’t over, and the fight began a long time ago,” he explains. “But it’s very interesting to see it portrayed such a long time ago and to see that we not might have come as far as some other avenues.”
Brühl agrees, noting, “There’s so many things you can explore about New York, about the society back then, about the similarities between then and nowadays. It was a very fascinating journey.”
Fanning adds that it was fun for her to play such an independent woman in that time period.
“You see [Sara’s] detective agency sign and you see the young women that she’s kind of mentoring, but at the same time, it’s not all roses for her,” she shares. “You still see the inequality that she’s facing and not being taken seriously and being considered a lady detective.”
Fanning adds, “I think that’s something I also love about the show, is it is very progressive and it is very forward-thinking and modern, but at the same time, the reality of the time is still very present. It’s not just an easy road for everyone.”
Source: Entertainment Tonight