Habemus Papam. HBO has finally announced a release date for ‘The New Pope,’ also known as ‘The Young Pope Season 2.’ The series is a sequel to Paolo Sorrentino’s series, ‘The Young Pope’ which aired in 2017.
The Young Pope averaged 588,000 viewers per episode but a sequel series wasn’t confirmed until the summer of 2018. Even after that announcement, Sorrentino and HBO took their time to produce the sequel show.
The New Pope will premiere on HBO on Monday, January 13.
Here is HBO’s official synopsis:
“The series picks up where “The Young Pope” left off, with Jude Law’s Lenny Belardo, known as Pope Pius XIII, in a coma. Following an unpredictable and mysterious turn of events, Secretary of State Voiello (Silvio Orlando) succeeds in having Sir John Brannox (John Malkovich), a charming and sophisticated moderate English aristocrat, placed on the papal throne, adopting the name John Paul III. The new pope seems ideal, but he conceals secrets and has a certain fragility, and Voiello 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, with thousands now idolizing him, fueling the contrast between fundamentalisms. Meanwhile, the Church is under attack from external threats and scandals striking the symbols of Christianity and risking irreversibly devastating the hierarchies. 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.”
Aside from Jude Law and Silvio Orlando, the show has some returning cast members such as Javier Cámara, Cécile de France, Ludivine Sagnier, and Maurizio Lombardi. Joining Malkovich as new cast members are Henry Goodman, Ulrich Thomsen, Mark Ivanir, Yuliya Snigir, and Massimo Ghini. Some time ago it was announced that Sharon Stone and Marilyn Manson would be guest stars.