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

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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.