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Rome — Paolo Sorrentino’s hotly anticipated TV series “The Young Pope,” toplining Jude Law as conservative cigarette-smoking American pontiff Pius Xiii, will world premiere at the upcoming Venice Film Festival where the first two episodes will screen.
The “Pope” Lido launch will precede the three-pronged Sky, HBO and Canal Plus production’s October air date on Sky’s Sky Atlantic channel in the five countries in which the pan-European pay-tv operates. They are: Italy, UK, Germany, Ireland and Austria. In France it will go out on Canal Plus. Other dates, including the U.S. bow on HBO, will follow.
The show, which marks the first foray into TV by the director who won a foreign language Oscar with “The Great Beauty,” also stars Diane Keaton as a nun, her first recurring role in a TV series.
Its top notch international cast also comprises James Cromwell, who plays Cardinal Michael Spencer, »
- Nick Vivarelli
Pulling together creative talent from Italy, America, Spain, England and France, HBO’s religious drama is nothing short of an international affair, and given that The Young Pope heralds Sorrentino’s return to English-language territory in light of his well-deserved Oscar win for The Great Beauty, we’re definitely excited to see what he has in store for us.
Earning the backing of Sky and Canal Plus, it’s the filmmaker’s first English since last year’s comedy-drama Youth, and here’s how HBO pitches The Young Pope: “From Paolo Sorrentino, director of the Academy Award®-winning ‘The Great Beauty,’ ‘The Young Pope’ tells the controversial story of the beginning of Pius Xiii’s pontificate. The eight-episode series stars Jude Law as the complex and conflicted Pius Xiii, the first American pope.”
Also starring Diane Keaton, Silvio Orlando, Scott Shepherd, Cécile de France, Javier Cámara, Ludivine Sagnier, Toni Bertorelli, and James Cromwell, look for the white smoke to come billowing out of the HBO chimneys when The Young Pope premieres later this year. »
- Michael Briers
In an answer to prayer, Sky Atlantic has released The Young Pope TV series trailer. Watch it, below. The fictional drama is an eight-part mini-series from writer and director Paolo Sorrentino. A joint production of Sky, HBO, and Canal+, The Young Pope features the first American pontiff, Pope Pius Xiii (Jude Law).
The Young Pope TV show cast includes: Jude Law, Diane Keaton, Silvio Orlando, Scott Shepherd, Cécile de France, Javier Cámara, Ludivine Sagnier, Toni Bertorelli, Sebastian Roché, Daniel Vivian, and James Cromwell. 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.
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Sky Atlantic, HBO and Canal+ have released the first trailer for director Paolo Sorrentino’s upcoming eight-part TV drama series The Young Pope which stars Jude Law as Lenny Belardo, a.k.a. Pius Xiii, the first American Pope.
Lenny Belardo is no ordinary Pope. He is 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.
- Amie Cranswick
Jude Law, Diane Keaton, Silvio Orlando, Scott Shepherd, Cecile de France, Javier Camara, Ludivine Sagnier, Toni Bertorelli and James Cromwell star in the series about the crisis of faith of Pope Pius Xiii (Law) - a man so conservative in his choices as to border on obscurantism, yet full of compassion towards the weak and poor.
The series begins airing on Sky in the U.K. in October, and will debut in the U.S. on HBO on a date Tba.
- Garth Franklin
After his Oscar win for The Great Beauty, director Paolo Sorrentino returned to English-language territory with last year’s Youth. He’s now following it up by heading to the world of television. Backed by HBO, Sky and Canal Plus, he’s directed all eight episodes of The Young Pope, and today we have the first teaser trailer.
The series stars Jude Law as Lenny Belardo, the fictional first American pontiff. While it’ll start airing this October in Italy, HBO has yet to set a release date, but we imagine it’ll be around the same time. Also starring Diane Keaton, Silvio Orlando, Scott Shepherd, Cécile de France, Javier Cámara, Ludivine Sagnier, Toni Bertorelli, and James Cromwell, the trailer has all the sheen one might expect from a Sorrentino project and it can be seen below.
From Paolo Sorrentino, director of the Academy Award®-winning ‘The Great Beauty,’ ‘The Young Pope’ tells the controversial story of the beginning of Pius Xiii’s pontificate. The eight-episode series stars Jude Law as the complex and conflicted Pius Xiii, the first American pope. The cast includes Diane Keaton as Sister Mary, an American nun living in Vatican City, as well as Silvio Orlando, Scott Shepherd, Cécile de France, Javier Cámara, Ludivine Sagnier, Toni Bertorelli and James Cromwell.
The Young Pope will premiere on HBO later this year.
- Jordan Raup
We have a “The Young Pope” trailer.
Sky has unveiled the first official teaser trailer for Paolo Sorrentino’s English-language “The Young Pope” toplining Jude Law as conservative cigarette-smoking American pontiff Pius Xiii and starring Diane Keaton as a nun, her first recurring role in a TV series. It also marks the first foray into TV by the director who won a foreign language Oscar with “The Great Beauty.”
The three-pronged Sky, HBO and Canal Plus collaboration is set to air starting in October on Sky’s Sky Atlantic channel in the five countries in which the pan-European pay-tv operates. They are: Italy, UK, Germany, Ireland and Austria. In France it will go out on Canal Plus. Other dates, including the U.S. bow on HBO, to follow.
These are notes about the Sorrentino series from a Sky statement:
“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, as we know, 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. That place is the Vatican and those people are the leaders of the Catholic Church. And the most mysterious and contradictory figure of all turns out to be Pius Xiii himself. 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.”
The main cast comprises Jude Law as Pius Xiii; Diane Keaton (Sister Mary); Silvio Orlando (Cardinal Voiello); Scott Shepherd (Cardinal Dussolier); Cecile de France (Sofia), Javier Cámara (Cardinal Gutierrez; Ludivine Sagnier (Esther); Tony Bertorelli (Cardinal Caltanissetta) and James Cromwell (Cardinal Michael Spencer).
The shoot took place mostly in Rome, including near the Vatican, and also in Venice and New York.
- Nick Vivarelli
“The film fashions of today are your fashions of tomorrow.” That prediction came courtesy of Elsa Schiaparelli, whose rival, Coco Chanel, was one of the first designers to capitalize on the image-making potential of the silver screen when she began designing costumes for Hollywood stars in 1931 at the request of MGM boss Samuel Goldwyn.
Few epochs have informed fashion more than France’s New Wave Cinema of the 1960s and ’70s, which spawned such enduring icons as Catherine Deneuve, Brigitte Bardot, Jean Seberg, Romy Schneider, Jeanne Moreau and Anouk Aimee.
“At that time — Nouvelle Vague (New Wave) — cinema was really considered an art,” says Camille Seydoux, sister and stylist to thesp Lea Seydoux. “Jean-Luc Godard, Claude Chabrol, all those directors were really inspired by fashion. When you see ‘Belle de Jour,’ you can see that fashion is a really important aspect of the movie,” says Seydoux of Luis Bunuel’s masterpiece. »
- Malina Saval
Italian film and TV company Wildside is ramping up production of TV series for the international market with a trio of high-profile projects based on hot literary properties, spearheaded by the four “The Neapolitan Novels” books by Italian author Elena Ferrante, the latest of which, “The Story of the Lost Child,” has been named one of the 10 Best Fiction Books of 2015 by the New York Times.
Other announced additions to Wildside’s expanded international TV pipeline are serial adaptations of French multihyphenate Emmanuel Carrere’s bestselling biographical novel “Limonov” and of prominent Italian author Niccolò Ammaniti’s apocalyptic, Sicily-set “Anna.”
“The Neapolitan Novels” are being co-produced by Wildside with Domenico Procacci’s Fandango, which owns the rights and originated the project. Fandango was among producers of Sky’s widely sold Neapolitan crime skein “Gomorra.”
The plan is for each of Ferrante’s four tomes, all centered around an intense female »
- Nick Vivarelli
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