Netflix taps Jonathan Pryce to play Pope Francis in The Pope
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Jonathan Pryce and Anthony Hopkins are holier than thou. Literally.
EW has confirmed the acting stalwarts are set to join the Netflix feature film The Pope, the latest in the streaming service’s ever-expanding roster of original content.
Pryce will play the current head of the Roman Catholic Church, Pope Francis, while Hopkins will portray his predecessor, Pope Benedict. The film centers on Pope Benedict’s election and eventual resignation from the post, which then leads Pope Francis (at the time Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio) to reluctantly ascend to the papacy, making him the first Pope from outside Europe since the 8th century.
Netflix describes the film as examining “the relationship and opposing visions between two of the most powerful leaders in the Catholic Church, both of whom must address their own pasts and the demands of the modern world in order to move the church forward.”
Filming is set to begin in Argentina in November with a script from Anthony McCarten (The Theory of Everything) adapted from his stage play and helmed by Fernando Meirelles (City of God).
Both Pryce and Hopkins have most recently been seen wrecking havoc on HBO — Pryce as High Sparrow on Game of Thrones and Hopkins in an Emmy-nominated turn as Dr. Robert Ford on Westworld. This will mark a more penitent turn for the both of them.
Deadline was first to report the news.