Sky Atlantic Announces January 2020 UK Premiere Date For ‘The New Pope’ Starring Jude Law & John Malkovich

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26 Nov 19

Sky Atlantic has announced The New Pope’, the follow up to ‘The Young Pope’, which sees Jude Law return and introduces John Malkovich, will premiere Sunday, 12th January 2020 in the UK.

The nine-episode series, which is once again directed by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Paolo Sorrentino, dives into the inner workings of the Vatican, while exploring the very human desires, vices and fragilities of those in power and the complexities inherent in faith today. Sorrentino writes the drama with Umberto Contarello and Stefano Bises, and marks Sorrentino’s second series set in the world of the modern papacy.


‘The New Pope’ 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.

Returning cast from ‘The Young Pope’ includes Silvio Orlando, Javier Cámara, Cécile de France, Ludivine Sagnier and Maurizio Lombardi. New cast for the series are Henry Goodman, Ulrich Thomsen, Mark Ivanir, Yuliya Snigir and Massimo Ghini. Sharon Stone and Marilyn Manson guest star.

As you can see in the trailer, the drama picks up after the events of ‘The Young Pope’, which saw Jude Law as Lenny Belardo, aka Pius XIII, the first American Pope in history.

The New Pope’ premieres Sunday, 12th January 2020 on Sky Atlantic in the UK (time TBC). HBO premieres the series in the US, Monday, January 13, (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET/PT).