“They chose a Pope they didn’t know and today they’re beginning to realise…who I am.”
So says Jude Law’s Lenny Belardo, the first American Pope depicted in the upcoming fictional HBO, Sky and Canal Plus series, The Young Pope.
HBO has dropped a new trailer for the series, which is likely to stir up a bit of controversy when it gets going. Edgy religious overtones aside, this looks like it could be a riveting, artistic character study, and having The Great Beauty helmer Paolo Sorrentino on board as director and co-writer of all ten episodes certainly can’t hurt.
The Young Pope, also starring Diane Keaton, Silvio Orlando, Scott Shepherd, Cécile De France, Javier Cámara, Ludivine Sagnier, Toni Bertorelli and James Cromwell, will be airing on Sky Atlantic Germany and Italy from October 21 and will have its U.S. HBO premiere sometime in February.
Synopsis for The Young Pope:
THE YOUNG POPE tells the controversial story of the beginning of PIUS XIII’s 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. He is, however, not afraid of undertaking the millennial mission of defending that same God and the world representing Him.