The New Pope to hit global screens in January 2020


The New Pope, created and directed by Oscar® winner Paolo Sorrentino, and starring Jude Law and John Malkovich, is set to air in January 2020. The series will premiere on 10 January on Sky Italia and then air on Sky Atlantic and Now TV on 12 January and HBO on 13 January. First look photos have also been revealed and can be viewed on Instagram here.

The New Pope, a SKY-HBO-CANAL + original series, is produced by Lorenzo Mieli and Mario Gianani for Fremantle’s Wildside, and co-produced by Haut et Court TV and The Mediapro Studio. Fremantle is the global distributor for The New Pope.


Pius XIII is in a coma. And after an unpredictable and mysterious turn of events, the Secretary of State Voiello succeeds in the enterprise of having Sir John Brannox, a moderate English aristocrat, charming and sophisticated, placed on the papal throne adopting the name John Paul III. The new pope seems perfect, but he conceals secrets and a certain fragility. And he immediately understands that it will not be easy to replace the charismatic Pius XIII: hanging between life and death, Lenny Belardo has become a Saint and thousands of faithful are now idolizing him, fueling the contrast between fundamentalisms. Meanwhile, the Church is under attack from several scandals that risk devastating the hierarchies irreversibly and from external threats striking the symbols of Christianity. As always, however, in the Vatican nothing is what it seems. Good and evil proceed arm in arm towards history. And to reach the showdown we must wait for the events to take their course…

All nine episodes of The New Pope are directed by Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Paolo Sorrentino. The series is written by Sorrentino with Umberto Contarello and Stefano Bises, and marks Sorrentino’s second series set in the world of the modern papacy.

The cast features two-time Academy Award® nominees Jude Law and John Malkovich. Returning cast from The Young Pope include Silvio Orlando, Javier Cámara, Cécile de France, Ludivine Sagnier and Maurizio Lombardi. New cast for the series are Henry Goodman, Ulrich Thomsen, Mark Ivanir, Yuliya Snigir and Massimo Ghini. Sharon Stone and Marilyn Manson guest star.

Fremantle is the global distributor for The New Pope.

The New Pope is a Sky Original series, part of Sky’s increased investment in original production through Sky Studios, a Europe-wide development and production capability.

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