John Malkovich is set join the cast of The New Pope, the follow on from 2016’s The Young Pope.

“The clear signs of God’s existence. The clear signs of God’s absence. How faith can be searched for and lost. The greatness of holiness, so great as to be unbearable when you are fighting temptations and when all you can do is to yield to them.” – director Paolo Sorrentino

From director Paolo Sorrentino, with production set to begin in Italy in November, The New Pope follows on from Sky Atlantic aired The Young Pope. The first series told the controversial story of the beginning of PIUS XIII’s Pontificate, born Lenny Belardo, played by Jude Law. 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. A man who is however not afraid of undertaking the millennial mission of defending that same God and the world representing Him.

Jude Law will reprise the role for The New Pope which has also cast John Malkovich in a key role for the forthcoming series. Law was nominated for a Golden Globe in the category of Best Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture for TV for his performance as Belardo.

In total, The Young Pope aired in 150 territories.

“The inner struggle 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. Finally, 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. That is what The Young Pope is about.” – Paolo Sorrentino

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