Sky, HBO and Canal+ have released the first image from their upcoming co-production The Young Pope, which stars Jude Law as Pius XIII – the first American pope.
The Young Pope tells the controversial story of the beginning of Pius XIII’s (Jude Law) Pontificate. Born Lenny Belardo, he is 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. During the series, Belardo will face losing those closest to him and the constant fear of being abandoned, even by his God.
In addition to Jude Law, the cast of the miniseries also includes Academy Award winner Diane Keaton, who plays Sister Mary; Scott Shepherd as Cardinal Dussolier; Cécile de France as Sofia, who is in charge of marketing in the Vatican City; Javier Cámara as Cardinal Gutierrez, the Master of Ceremonies of the Vatican City; Ludivine Sagnier as Esther, the wife of a Swiss guard; and Toni Bertorelli as Cardinal Caltanissetta. Guy Boyd, Andre Gregory, Sebastian Roché, Marcello Romolo, Ignazio Oliva, Vladimir Bibic and Nadie Kammalaweera also star.
The Young Pope is being penned by Umberto Contarello, Stefano Rulli, Tony Grisoni and Paolo Sorrentino, the latter of whom is also set to direct every single episode. Wildside and Haut et Court TV – the French indie behind The Returned (AKA Les Revenants) – are producing, with Lorenzo Mieli, Mario Gianani, John Lyons, Caroline Benjo, Carole Scotta and Simon Arnal executive producing. The miniseries is currently in production and is expected to air on Sky, HBO and Canal+ in 2016.
The first look image shows Jude Law in character as Pope Pius XIII in Rome. Check it out below: