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HBO Greenlights ‘The New Pope,’ Follow-Up to ‘The Young Pope’

Paolo Sorrentino project to film in late 2018

HBO has greenlighted “The New Pope,” a follow-up limited series from Paolo Sorrentino, creator, writer and director of “The Young Pope,” the network announced Tuesday.

There’s no word yet if the new limited series will be a prequel, sequel or set in the same world as “The Young Pope” starring Jude Law, or whether any of the cast members will return.

Casting for the title role will begin soon and production is slated to begin in late 2018.

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The new series will be written by Sorrentino and Umberto Contarello.

“The Young Pope” told the story of the beginning of Pius XIII’s pontificate. Previously known as Lenny Belardo (Law), he is a complex and conflicted character full of compassion towards the weak and poor. During the series, he faced the fear of being abandoned, even by God. However, he is not afraid to defend that same God and the world representing Him.

A joint production between HBO and Sky, “The New Pope” will be produced by Lorenzo Mieli and Mario Gianani for Wildside in co-production with Mediapro. The international distributor is FremantleMedia International.