"The New Pope", created and directed by Oscar® winner Paolo Sorrentino and starring Jude Law and John Malkovich, will premiere on Sky Atlantic HD on February 20, 2020. "The New Pope", an original production of Sky, HBO and Canal +, is produced by Lorenzo Mieli and Mario Gianani for Wildside and co-produced by Haut et Court TV and Mediapro. Freemantle is responsible for worldwide distribution and sales.
Pius XIII is in a coma. Despite some unforeseen, mysterious circumstances, Vatican secretary, Voiello, manages to place the British aristocrat Sir John Brannox on the papal chair. The charming and cultured John takes the name of John Paul III. At first he seems to be the perfect Pope, but John Paul III hides some secrets. He soon realizes that replacing the charismatic Pius XIII, aka Lenny Belardo, who is still hovering between life and death and revered like a saint by thousands of believers, is anything but easy. However, by idealizing Pius XIII, believers reinforce the trench warfare of religious fundamentalists. In addition, the church gets into a deep crisis through a few scandals. But as always, there is nothing in the Vatican, it seems.
Oscar® winner Paolo Sorrentino has directed all nine episodes. He wrote the screenplay together with Umberto Contarello and Stefano Bises. It is Sorrento's second series production in the world of the modern Vatican. The main characters are Jude Law and John Malkovich, with recurring performers: Silvio Orlando, Javier Cámara, Cécile de France, Ludivine Sagnier and Maurizio Lombardi. Newcomers include Henry Goodman, Ulrich Thomsen, Mark Ivanir, Yuliya Snigir, Massimo Ghini and guest stars Sharon Stone and Marilyn Manson.
"The New Pope" is a production of the recently founded Sky Studios, a Europe-wide development and production hub for Sky Originals.
Original title: "The New Pope"
Drama series, I 2019
9 episodes of approx. 60 min.
Director: Paolo Sorrentino
Screenplay: Paolo Sorrentino, Umberto Contarello, Stefano Bises
Performers: Jude Law, John Malkovich, Silvio Orlando, Javier Cámara, Cécile de France, Ludivine Sagnier, Maurizio Lombardi, Henry Goodman, Ulrich Thomsen, Mark Ivanir, Yuliya Snigir, Massimo Ghini, Sharon Stone, Marilyn Manson.
Broadcast dates: From 20 February 2020 on Thursdays from 20:15 on Sky Atlantic HD as well as on Sky Ticket, Sky Go and Sky Q on Demand.