Oscar winning Italian film maker Paolo Sorrentino is returning to the small screen going home to Italy with The Young Pope starring Jude Law.In a Sky original production set in the stunning backdrop of papal Rome, a drama thriller based on America’s first American an ambitious but flawed Pontiff propelled by a dark secret. Watch the teaser trailer courtesy of Sky Atlantic…
Original Television is all the rage and many of the leading film makers into an industry that’s becoming more and more lucrative(probably thanks to the Likes of Netflix). Simply thanks to the originality and the simple fact budgets are bigger, A-List cast.
In The Young Pope Lenny Belardo (Law) is no ordinary Pope. He is the youngest and first American Pope in history(Pius XIII). We find him on the morning of his first day in office, preparing to enter into the power struggles inside the closed, secretive Vatican state.
Young Pope will mark Sorrentino’s second English language feature (Youth been the debut) now a 8 part mini series but as we know the quality between Cinema and TV are near identical.Visually Sorrentino’s films always look fantastic and this looks will keep the momentum going. Dazzling, very dramatic, stylish with a big slice of Fellini like self-indulgence. You could say thank’s to Law’s character’s nature he is very determined, Machiavellian he could be seen as a anti-hero? Could we be looking at Sky’s own House of Cards?Potentially a fascinating yet alluring TV show in the making with a original lead character.
Sky Atlantic will exclusively show this series in October with Italy, Germany, Ireland and Austria also getting the series at same time. HBO will air the series in USA in a date still to be confirmed.
Young Pope also stars Silvio Orlando, Scott Shepherd, Cécile de France, Javier Cámara, Ludivine Sagnier, Toni Bertorelli and James Cromwell.