‘The New Pope’ is an upcoming American drama television series that will be a follow-up to the hugely popular and critically acclaimed 2016 limited series, ‘The Young Pope’, which aired on Sky Atlantic, HBO, and Canal+.
For those unaware, ‘The Young Pope’ showed the rise of the young and disruptive Pope Pius XIII to power, along with his confidante, Sister Mary, and followed their lives in the treacherous political landscape and power dynamics of the Vatican. The show immediately made an impact on television critics, who gave it a good score of 78% on review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, with the consensus reading,”The Young Pope’s original premise and stylish blend of over-the-top melodrama with profane comedy helps overcome an occasionally muddled plot.” The show was also liked by viewers, and it enjoys a solid rating of 8.4/10 on IMDb, based on over 27,000 votes.
Following the critical acclaim and praise received the ‘The Young Pope’, fans and television critics alike were clamoring for a new season. Their wishes were fulfilled when it was announced in October 2016 that a second season was in development. Later, it was announced that this “second” season would air as a separate show called ‘The New Pope’. Production for this show began in Italy in late 2018, and it is slated to premiere sometime in 2019. Here’s everything we know about the cast, plot, and release date of the show, expectations for which are understandably high.
The New Pope Cast: Who’s in it?
‘The Young Pope’ featured a stellar cast with two-time Academy Award nominee Jude Law leading the pack as Pope Pius XIII (born Lenny Belardo). The show also featured Academy Award winner Diane Keaton in the very important role of Sister Mary, an American nun who raised Lenny and is later appointed as his personal secretary.
In ‘The New Pope’, as far as we know, Jude Law will return in his role as Pope Pius XIII, as will Silvio Orlando as Cardinal Angelo Voiello, Camerlengo and Cardinal Secretary of State, and Javier Cámara as Cardinal Bernardo Gutierrez, Master of Ceremonies of the Holy See. Additionally, Cécile de France will return as Sofia, the in-charge of marketing for the Holy See, and Ludivine Sagnier will make a comeback as Esthe, the wife of a member of the Pontifical Swiss Guard.
That being said, the biggest news about the cast of ‘The New Pope’ is the addition of legendary actor and two-time Academy Award nominee John Malkovich. What role Malkovich will play in the show is unclear as of now as the creators of ‘The New Pope’ are playing this one pretty close to the chest. However, there’s plenty of speculation going on, and many think that Malkovich will be lead for ‘The New Pope’. Another noteworthy addition to the cast is Academy Award nominee Sharon Stone. Again, like with Malkovich, the showrunners have not revealed what role she will play. So, we will have to wait and see what’s in store.