Oscar-winner Paolo Sorrentino’s The Young Pope stars Jude Law as Lenny Belardo, the fictional Italian-American Pius XIII. From Sky, HBO and Canal Plus, the eight-part series is currently shooting for air next year. The production has released the first photo of Law as Belardo/Pius relaxing in the Rome sun (above — almost brings to mind The Talented Mr Ripley, but that was a different part of Italy). The plot centers on the controversial story of the beginning of Pius’ Pontificate. A complex and conflicted character, he is a man of great power who’s stubbornly resistant to the Vatican courtiers, unconcerned with the implications on his authority.

The cast also includes Diane Keaton, James Cromwell, Silvio Orlando, Scott Shepherd, Cécile de France, Javier Cámara, Ludivine Sagnier, and Toni Bertorelli.