HBO and Sky Follow The Young Pope with The New Pope!

Posted on May 18th, 2017 at 9:30 am by         Comment:

A fresh pontiff will follow in Jude Law‘s footsteps, as Sky and HBO announce The New Pope

Instead of The Young Pope season 2, Sky and HBO are pressing ahead with a limited spin-off series entitled ‘The New Pope’. Oo-er!

Variety reports that the previous show’s head scribe Paolo Sorrentino – and his co-writer Umberto Contarello – will return to pen this new drama, which once again takes place “in the world of the modern papacy”.

Filming in Italy is scheduled for late 2018. It’ll be a while before the show is on our screens, then. We assume that it will air in 2019, but that’s just guesswork on our part.

“Just like The Young Pope, Sorrentino is writing the script for the new show, but it will have a different twist than what would be expected,” Sky Italia’s Andrea Scrosati told Variety. 

Jude Law’s Lenny Belardo will not be the main focus of the show, as the title suggests. But sources have apparently told Variety that “a reappearance by Law in The New Pope, albeit in a much smaller role, has not been ruled out.”

Law would have to find time in his busy schedule to make such an appearance possible. He’s recently signed up for another robe-heavy role: playing the younger incarnation of Albus Dumbledore in J.K. Rowling and David Yates’ Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them 2.

We’ll bring you more news on The New Pope as we hear it.

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