The Young Pope premieres its first two episodes tonight at the 73rd Venice International Film Festival – and Sky has released an extended trailer to give us a further look at the show.
Directed by Paolo Sorrentino and starring Jude Law and Diane Keaton, the 10-part series follows Lenny Belardo, the youngest and first American Pope in history.
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.
The Young Pope is produced by Wildside and co-produced by Haut et Court TV and MEDIAPRO. Executive Producers for Wildside are Lorenzo Mieli and Mario Gianani together with John Lyons. Executive Producers for Haut et Court TV are Caroline Benjo, Carole Scotta and Simon Arnal. Executive Producers for MEDIAPRO are Jaume Roures and Javier Mendez. Executive Producers for Sky Italia are Nils Hartmann, Roberto Amoroso and Sonia Rovai.
“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. But appearances can be deceptive, especially in the place and among the people who have chosen the great mystery of God as the guiding light of their existence,” comments Paolo Sorrentino. “And the most mysterious and contradictory figure of all turns out to be Pius XIII himself. Shrewd and naïve, old-fashioned and yet 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.”
The screening follows a growing trend among TV broadcasters to debut their high-profile shows at film festivals, with Netflix also airing two episodes of Charlie Brooker’s Black Mirror at the London Film Festival in October.
The Young Pope will be broadcast on Sky Atlantic from Thursday 27th October in the UK, with the show also airing in Ireland, Italy, Germany and Austria.
Here’s the new trailer:
Photo: Gianna Fiorito
First trailer lands for Paolo Sorrentino’s The Young Pope
15th June 2016
Sky has unveiled the first teaser trailer for Paolo Sorrentino’s The Young Pope.
The Oscar-winning director’s show is an epic joint production from Sky, HBO and Canal+
Jude Law stars as Lenny Belardo, aka Pius XIII, 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. But, as we know, appearances can be deceptive. Especially in the Vatican, among the people who have chosen the great mystery of God as the guiding light of their existence.
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.
An international cast joins Law in the series, including award-winning actress 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 Young Pope is produced by Wildside and co-produced by Haut et Court TV and MEDIAPRO. Executive Producers for Wildside are Lorenzo Mieli and Mario Gianani together with John Lyons.
The show will premiere in the UK on Sky Atlantic in Octbober 2016, with Sky also airing the show at the same time in Italy, Germany, Ireland and Austria.
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