In perhaps the most accurate casting ever, Hollywood legend Anthony Hopkins stars as the similar-looking Pope Benedict, and Game of Thrones star Jonathan Pryce is basically indistinguishable from the actual Pope Francis he is portraying.
Based on actual events, The Two Popes (not to be confused with The New Pope) follows the conservative Pope Benedict and the liberal future Pope Francis as they forge a historic new path for the Catholic Church. After requesting to retire, future-pope Cardinal Bergoglio is summoned to the Vatican where Pope Benedict reveals a secret that threatens the church’s future, and the two must grapple with tradition, progress, the problematic past and of course each other.
Expect some great acting from two screen veterans, an intimate introspective of the Catholic Church and even an unexpected sprinkling of humour.
Initial release: November 27, 2019 (USA)
Director: Fernando Meirelles
Screenplay: Anthony McCarten
Music composed by: Bryce Dessner
Producers: Tracey Seaward, Dan Lin, Jonathan Eirich
Watch The Two Popes official Trailer here: