Alexis Dent
November 06, 2016 12:05 pm
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Jude Law playing a hot pope in our living room is the cinematic masterpiece we never knew we needed. In the forthcoming HBO series The Young Pope, Jude Law plays the first American pope in the history of the Vatican. Deemed Pius XIII but known as Lenny Belardo prior to his rule, Law plays a polarizing character and we can’t wait to see it.

The trailer begins with a bold question: “What truly made our Church great, fear or tolerance?” From there, we get a look at the dramatic series, which has already successfully premiered on Sky Atlantic in Great Britain. Beyond Jude Law playing Pontifex, the show is loaded with other star talent. Diane Keaton plays a nun named Sister Mary; meanwhile, Paolo Sorrentino lends his skills as director.

Rumor has it that Law plays a jerk in the series, with Vatican officials expressing their displeasure of a young Belardo and his rapid ascension to notoriety. As the youngest pope in history and the first American to rule the papacy, it comes as no surprise that Pius XIII would be portrayed by a dynamic, accomplished actor like Jude Law. We can’t wait to watch him rule with an iron fist and take HBO by storm in this new role.

The Young Pope premieres in the U.S. on January 15, 2017, and we know it’s going to be good. In fact, the series has already been commissioned for a second season. That’s great news, because we hate falling in love with a new show that is abruptly canceled. Is it too early to set our DVRs? Is it OK to think the pope is looking pretty dapper?  You know, just asking for a friend.

Either way, we are already counting down the days until we see #hotpopeLenny on the small screen. For now, we’ll just keep watching the trailer on repeat.

“There’s a new pope now, and this is only the beginning.”

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