Pilot News: The Vatican Chooses Its Pope

bruno ganzJust a few days after the Vatican named a new Pope, The Vatican has done the same.

The Showtime drama pilot has cast Bruno Ganz as the fictional head of the Catholic Church, our sister site Deadline reports.

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The project, directed by Ridley Scott and penned by Paul Attanasio (House), is a provocative contemporary genre thriller about spirituality, power and politics – set against the modern-day political machinations within the Catholic Church.

Kyle Chandler (Friday Night Lights) stars as the progressive Archbishop of New York, who causes a stir within the hierarchy of the Church. Anna Friel (Pushing Daisies) plays his rebellious sister.

Ganz has appeared in the films The ReaderUnknown and Wings of Desire.

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  1. Kevin W. says:

    He’s probably best known over here in The States for playing Hitler in Downfall.

  2. Steven says:

    I love the internet memes of him from Downfall.

  3. Winnie says:

    I loved him as the Grandpa in Vitus! (But yes, the Downfall memes are hilarious and Wim Wenders is a fine director that put out Wings of Desire.)

  4. Naomi says:

    In a way, this sounds like it could be a modern day version of The Borgias, which i loved, so v much looking forward to this