Updated: September 7, 2016
The Young Pope by Paolo Sorrentino starring Jude Law premiered last night at the Venice Film Festival. Watch the official trailer below.
Original article, September 5, 2015
Paolo Sorrentino—the director behind 2014’s luscious best-foreign-film Oscar winner, The Great Beauty—brings his eye to both television and the Vatican.
This is Sorrentino’s first TV series. The Young Pope shows 42-year-old English actor Jude Law in the role of an Italo- American Pope (Pius XIII). Over 8-episodes we’ll watch Law, as Lenny Berlando, transform from a simple man relaxing in the Roman sun with his glamorous sunglasses to a conservative, complex and conflicted Italo-American Pope.
“The (series) inner struggle is between the huge responsibility of the head of the Catholic Church and the miseries of the simple man that fate (or the Holy Spirit) chose as Pontiff. And how to handle and manipulate power in a state whose dogma and moral imperative is the renunciation of power and selfless love towards one’s neighbor.”
The TV show has been co-written with Tony Grisoni, Umberto Contarello and Stefano Rulli and will be screened on Sky Atlantic in Italy, Germany, Austria, the U.K. and Ireland. Beyond Jude Law, the cast includes extraordinary actors such as Diane Keaton, James Cromwell, Toni Bertorelli, Javier Camara, Silvio Orlando, Scott Shepherd, Cecile de France and Ludivine Sagnier.