What happens in the Vatican stays in the Vatican. Here’s the first trailer for The Two Popes, Netflix’s film based on the true story of — as the streamer puts it — “one of the most dramatic transitions of power in the last 2,000 years.”
Frustrated with the direction of the Catholic Church, Cardinal Bergoglio (Jonathan Pryce) requests permission to retire in 2012 from Pope Benedict (Oscar winner Anthony Hopkins). Instead, facing scandal and self-doubt, the introspective Pope Benedict summons his harshest critic and future successor to Rome to reveal a secret that would shake the foundations of the Church. Behind Vatican walls, a struggle commences between both tradition and progress, guilt and forgiveness, as these two very different men confront elements from their pasts in order to find common ground and forge a future for a billion followers around the world.
Oscar-nominated City of God helmer Fernando Meirelles directs from a script by three-time Academy Award nominee Anthony McCarten (Darkest Hour, The Theory of Everything).
The Two Popes, which will have its world premiere at the Telluride Film Festival this weekend, is among the prestige films Netflix has set for awards-season theatrical release ahead of their streaming bow. After its Colorado launch, the pic will hit theaters November 27 and play for more than three weeks before it goes live on the streaming service December 20.
Have a look at the trailer above and the key art below, keep an eye out for any white smoke, and tell us whether you bless the film.
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