Jude Law will play the role of the leader of the Christian community in an upcoming TV series titled The Young Pope. The first official trailer of the show was released on 14 June by Sky Atlantic and the actor can be seen portraying the first American to be elected as His Holiness.
The show's official description reads as follows:
Lenny Belardo, aka Pius XIII, is the first American Pope in history. Young and charming, his election might seem the result of a simple and effective media strategy by the College of Cardinals.
Shrewd and naïve, old-fashioned and very modern, doubtful and resolute, ironic, pedantic, hurt and ruthless, Pius XIII tries to walk the long path of human loneliness to find a God for mankind. And for himself.
Going by the 55-second trailer, it seems like the show is going to more than just revolve around religion. In the promo a man's voice says, "Who are you Lenny?" To which the Pope (Jude Law) answers cryptically, "I'm a contradiction. I'm God — one in three and three in one. Like Mary, virgin and mother; like man, good and evil."
Watch the trailer below:
Alongside Law, the star cast includes Diane Keaton (Sister Mary), Silvio Orlando (Cardinal Voiello), Scott Shepherd (Cardinal Dussolier), Cécile de France (Sofia), Javier Cámara (Cardinal Gutierrez), Ludivine Sagnier (Esther), Tony Bertorelli (Cardinal Caltanissetta) and James Cromwell (Cardinal Michael Spencer).
The TV series has been directed by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Paolo Sorrentino and is a joint production of Sky, HBO and Canal+.
The Young Pope is set to release in October on Sky Atlantic in Italy, UK, Germany, Ireland and Austria.