It’s been confirmed that Jude Law will be playing the American Pope in a TV series that will be airing on HBO.
The Hollywood Reporter said that the new series, titled “The Young Pope” will be helmed by Italian writer and director Paolo Sorrentino, his first foray into directing for TV.
Sorrentino is best known for his last movie, “The Great Beauty,” which bagged the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language film.
His most recent offering, “Youth,” stars Michael Caine and Harvey Keitel.
Meanwhile, Law’s most recent movie was with Melissa McCarthy in “Spy.” The series is a joint production of HBO, Canal Plus and Sky, and will be comprised of eight episodes.
“Young Pople” will be written by Sorrentino, in collaborationw ith Tony Grisoni, Umberto Contarello, and Stefano Rulli. The show will follow a fictional pope of Italian-American descent named Lenny Belardo who ” becomes the most conservative one the Vatican has ever seen.” The official release about the show describes character, who becomes Pius XIII, “a complex and conflicted character, so conservative in his choices as to border on obscurantism, yet full of compassion towards the weak and poor.” “He is a man of great power who is stubbornly resistant to the Vatican courtiers, unconcerned with the implications to his authority,” the press release continued.
“During the series, Belardo will face losing those closest to him and the constant fear of being abandoned, even by his God.” “A man who is however not afraid of undertaking the millennial mission of defending that same God and the world representing Him,” the description concluded.
As The Hollywood Reporter noted, the show will be airing at a time when the current pope, Pop Francis is being lauded by the world as the most open pope in the Vatican’s history.
Producer Lorenzo Mieli revealed in an interview that they hoped the character would become one of the iconic characters on TV, along with Walter White from “Breaking Bad” and Tony Soprano from “The Sopranos.”