"The Young Pope" is a TV series on HBO that stars two-time Academy Award nominee Jude Law, in the lead role as Pius XIII, formerly known as Lenny Belardo, and Academy Award winner Diane Keaton as Sister Mary, a nun from the U.S. now living in Vatican City. The series is directed by Paolo Sorrentino (Academy Award-winning film "The Great Beauty").

The series tells the controversial story of the beginning of Pius XIII's Pontificate. Born Lenny Belardo, he is a complex and conflicted character, so conservative in his choices as to border on obscurantism, yet full of compassion towards the weak and poor. He is a man of great power who is stubbornly resistant to the Vatican courtiers, unconcerned with the implications to his authority.

During the series, Belardo will face losing those closest to him and the constant fear of being abandoned, even by his God. He is, however, not afraid of undertaking the millennial mission of defending that same God and the world representing Him.

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

"The Young Pope" is a joint production of Sky, HBO and Canal + and 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. Executive producers for Haut et Court TV are Caroline Benjo, Carole Scotta and Simon Arnal.

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Network: HBO
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 60 mins.
Premiere Date: January 15, 2017
Seasons: 1
Production Companies:
Haut et Court TV
Canal +

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