This highly anticipated follow-up to The Young Pope sees Jude Law reprise his role as Pope Pius XIII, with John Malkovich now leading the cast as Pope John Paul III (aka The New Pope), who ascends to the throne while Pius is lying in a coma.

Who else is back?

Silvio Orlando, Cécile de France, Javier Cámara and Ludivine Sagnier return in their roles from The Young Pope. Ulrich Thomsen (Banshee, The Black List) joins the cast this season, and look out for guest stars Sharon Stone and Marilyn Manson.

Once again helmed by legendary Italian director Paolo Sorrentino (writer/director of Oscar-winning foreign language film The Great Beauty), the series has already started collecting awards on the festival circuit, including at Venice.

The Guardian called The New Pope “just as rich and ravishing and gloriously enigmatic” as its predecessor, “another deep dive into the hidden world of the Vatican City, marvelling at its mystique with agnostic fervour.” While Indiewire hailed it as “gorgeous and outrageous… one of the most unique, enigmatic, and exhilarating television experiences that you can watch for depth, for fun, or for a wild combination of both.”

Fast facts about The New Pope

  • It has 1m views and counting for the trailer
  • #3 The Ten Most Anticipated TV shows of 2020
  • It scores a 8.2/10 with fans on IMDB, and
  • A 88% critics rating on Rotten Tomatoes

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