The new trailer for HBO’s The New Pope gives a peek at John Malkovich’s entry into the papal–verse which started in 2016 with Jude Law and The Young Pope. Not much is revealed about Malkovich’s mitre-wearing character but in an exchange with one of his religious colleagues, he says, “I’m irresponsible. I’m indolent. I’m pompous. I’m conceited.” His buddy answers, “Have you finished Holy Father?” to which Malkovich responds, “Is that not enough?”
Based on this new look at The New Pope, there’s something shady, arrogant and volatile about Malkovich’s character. Set to the tune of sensual Charlotte Adigéry’s “Paténipat” and with the previous teaser to the limited series featuring Law strutting around in a white Speedo, this leads us to believe that The New Pope is going to be sexy, modern and, based on Law’s Pope Pius XIII post-coma smirk at the end, very mischievous.
Academy Award-winning director Paolo Sorrentino co-wrote all nine episodes with Umberto Contarello and directs The New Pope. In addition to Law, many of The Young Pope cast will return including Silvio Orlando (La stanza del figlio, Il papà di Giovanna), Javier Cámara (Talk to Her, Narcos), Cécile de France (Haute Tension, Here After), Ludivine Sagnier (Remi, Lola et ses frères), and Maurizio Lombardi (All the Money in the World, Name of the Rose). The series will also include new cast members Mark Ivanir (Barry, Homeland), Henry Goodman (Snatch, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.), Ulrich Thomsen (The World is Not Enough, Counterpart), and Massimo Ghini (Tea With Mussolini, Vacanze di Natale ai Caraibi).
The New Pope, an original production of HBO-Sky-CANAL+, is produced by Lorenzo Mieli and Mario Gianani for Wildside and co-produced by Mediapro.
Watch the trailer above.
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