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Jude Law 'to play The Pope'

Oscar-winning Italian director Paolo Sorrentino is behind the show – which has the working title of The Young Pope – about an imaginary pontiff who becomes the first Italian-American Pope in history.

Italian media have linked British actor Jude to the title role, although production company Wildside has refused to comment so far on the casting, according to Variety.

The series is about the appointment of a very conservative, heavy-handed Italian-American Pope, by a Vatican that has had enough of liberal leaders.

Paolo – who won the Oscar for Best Foreign Film in 2014 for his visual feast The Great Beauty – has co-written the scripts with Southcliffe writer Tony Grisoni, Umberto Contarello and Stefano Rulli.

Grisoni previously told Variety: “No one, even at the Vatican, is prepared for how hard-line this American Pope really is.”

Shooting on the eight fifty-minute English-language episodes, set in the Vatican City and the US, is expected to start at Rome’s Cinecitta Studios in July.

It will be Paolo’s first directing project on the small screen. Sherlock Holmes star Jude has not done any TV work since the start of his career in the late 80s and early 90s.

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