The New Pope HBO Paolo Sorrentino

HBO (Sort of) Renews The Young Pope as The New Pope, With All-New Cast

If you were hoping for another season of HBO’s The Young Pope, your prayers have been answered… well, sort of.

The network has announced a new limited series, The New Pope, from Paolo Sorrentino — the creator/director behind The Young Pope, the Jude Law-starring HBO drama that aired earlier this year. But this will be an entirely new miniseries, with an entirely new cast; plot details are scarce at this point, but it seems The New Pope will follow a different fictional pontiff than Law’s Pope Pius XIII.

Production of The New Pope will begin later this year, with HBO co-producing with European media company Sky. Sorrentino will co-write with Umberto Contarello. Casting for all roles, including the titular “New Pope,” will get underway soon.

The Young Pope, starring Law as a rebellious, cigarette-smoking American Pope who raises eyebrows at the Vatican with his unconventional methods, debuted back in January, running for a total of ten episodes.

Will you reserve a seat in the pew for The New Pope? Or were you hoping for another season of Jude Law? Drop your thoughts in a comment below.

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  1. Robberey says:

    Are you sure this isn’t kind of late April Fools, as The Young Pope was already renewed for a second season by Sky Italia recently? Sorrentino won’t have that much time.

    • Brian says:

      It was renewed back in October. European shows often go multiple years between seasons. They just changed the premise from a sequel to an anthology series.

  2. Brian says:

    Also, Deadline is saying “The New Pope is set to go into production late next year in Italy.”

  3. EJ says:

    I think it’s a good idea for this to have an entirely different cast and storyline. I wonder if they’ll at least refer to Lenny being reunited with his parents-or did he croak in that final scene?

  4. A female pope? A black pope? A trans pope? I reckon they’ll do something pseudo-progressive like that!

    • Not a spoiler if it was published last year. says:

      For a trans pope, see “Woman of God” by James Patterson & Maxine Petro

  5. David Hambly says:

    the “young pope”? hmmn…zac efron for season 2;bella ramsey for season 3(she’s 10) they could rename it “the younger and younger pope”. maybe they could do a better job at writing the scripts,too.

  6. Amy says:

    ah…but what happens/happened to Lenny? We won’t find out?

  7. Deborah McCullough, says:

    Was hoping for 2nd season with Jude Law; he was fascinating to watch as the Pope despite his eccentric behaviors

  8. Belinda Vazquez says:

    I want Jude Law to be the New Pope…he was excellent on The Young Pope…

  9. Jordan says:

    I think they’re just being very coy and clever about this. In the final episodes of “The Young Pope” (the final especially), Lenny certainly changes into a “new Pope” – his ways of thinking change, he personally changes from the “Young Pope” into a “new Young Pope” (there are even references to this in the script, one character calls his changed ways “it’s like we have a new Pope” or something to this effect). So, I would not be shocked if Lenny is back, if his Epiphany “changes him” and he carries on his career as Pontiff – at this point, with this creative team it’s certainly plausible.

    • EJ says:

      No. That’s not happening. The press release makes it clear that the next miniseries will be entirely different, with an entirely new cast. I doubt it that Jude Law was interested in doing anything more than one miniseries.

  10. Tracey Pawlowski says:

    I’m just not interested without Jude Law being the Pope.

  11. mrnickvirga says:

    That sounds amazing