In Paolo Sorrentino’s new series “The Young Pope,” Jude Law stars as the fictional Pope Pius XIII, the first American Pope. Young and charming, Pius struggles with his new responsibilities as a man of God for the entire world, but Pius’ mysterious nature and internal contradictions brings him attention in the Vatican and raises some new questions about his righteous path. The series also stars Diane Keaton (“Annie Hall”) as Sister Mary, a nun who raised Pius and helped him reach the papacy, James Cromwell (“L.A. Confidential”) as Pius’ mentor, Silvio Orlando (“The Caiman”), Sebastian Roché (“The Last of the Mohicans”), Scott Shepherd (“Bridge of Spies”), Cécile de France (“The Jungle Book”), and more. Watch a trailer for the series above.
Director Paolo Sorrentino’s body of work has been greatly acclaimed by critics and audiences alike. His directorial debut “One Man Up” won the Nastro d’Argento for Best New Director; his second feature “The Consequences of Love” competed at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival and won five David di Donatello awards, including Best Director; his fourth film “Il Divo” won the Jury Prize at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival; his sixth film “The Great Beauty” was a great success in the United States, winning the Best Foreign Language Film award at the Oscars and the Golden Globes. His latest film “Youth,” starring Michael Caine and Harvey Keitel, received positive notices and was nominated for an Oscar.
“The Young Pope” is Sorrentino’s first TV series. It will air in October on Sky’ Sky Atlantic channel in Europe, and will premiere on HBO at an undetermined date.