Jude Law to play a “conflicted” and “conservative” American pope in new drama

The Alfie, Sherlock Holmes and Cold Mountain star is set to lead new HBO and Sky series The Young Pope


TV has a new pope. Can you see the metaphorical white smoke? He’s played ex-cons and cads but now Jude Law is set to embrace his virtuous side in new Sky, HBO and Canal+ series The Young Pope. 


There were rumours a couple of months ago that the Sherlock Holmes star was circling the drama, but it’s now been confirmed that the 42-year-old British actor is poised to lead the major co-production.

The Young Pope follows Lenny Belardo (Law), who becomes Pius XIII, the first Italian-American pope in history.

Belardo has been described as complex and conflicted, perhaps the most conservative man the Vatican has ever seen. 

“He is a man of great power who is stubbornly resistant to the Vatican courtiers, unconcerned with the implications to his authority,” according to an official statement. “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.” 

The Young Pope will be written and directed by Oscar-winner Paolo Sorrentino (The Great Beauty), in collaboration with Tony Grisoni, Umberto Contarello and Stefano Rulli.  


The eight-part series will be filmed predominantly in Italy, as well as the US, Africa and Puerto Rico. Production will begin this summer. 

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