THE YOUNG POPE EPISODES

Episode 1. Photo: Jude Law (Credit: Gianni Fiorito/HBO). Please note this is a promotional photos for press only.

Young and charming, Lenny Belardo, aka Pius XIII, is the first American Pope in history. His election seems to be the result of a simple yet effective media strategy on the part of the College of Cardinals. But appearances can be deceiving — above all, in the Vatican, where the leaders of the Church have chosen the great mystery of God as the compass guiding their existence. And Pius XIII proves to be the most mysterious and contradictory of them all.

Directed by Paolo Sorrentino (the Oscar® and Golden Globe winner “The Great Beauty”), THE YOUNG POPE stars Jude Law (Oscar® nominee for “Cold Mountain” and “The Talented Mr. Ripley”) in the title role and Diane Keaton (Oscar® winner for “Annie Hall”; Oscar® nominee for “Reds,” “Marvin’s Room” and “Something’s Gotta Give”) as Sister Mary, a nun from the U.S. now living in Vatican City.

The first part of the ten-episode limited drama series debuts SUNDAY, JAN. 15 (9:00–10:00 p.m. ET/PT), and the second part the next night, MONDAY, JAN. 16 (9:00–10:00 p.m.), followed by other episodes subsequent Sundays and Mondays at the same time, exclusively on HBO.

The cast also includes Silvio Orlando (“The Caiman”) as Cardinal Angelo Voiello, the Vatican’s Secretary of State; Scott Shepherd (“Jason Bourne”) as Cardinal Andrew Dussolier, Lenny’s best friend and a fellow orphan-turned-cardinal; Cécile de France (“Hereafter”) as Sofia Dubois, the Vatican’s director of marketing and communications; Javier Cámara (“Talk to Her”) as Monsignor Bernardo Alonso Gutierrez, the Spanish-born master of ceremonies of the Vatican; Ludivine Sagnier (“Swimming Pool”) as Ester Aubry, a chaste and immaculate beauty with an unshakable faith in God, who is married to a Vatican Swiss Guard; Toni Bertorelli as Cardinal Caltanissetta, who is an expression of the strongest powers and secrets of the Vatican; and James Cromwell (Oscar® nominee for “Babe,” Emmy® winner for “American Horror Story: Asylum”) as Cardinal Michael Spencer, Lenny’s mentor and one of the most influential cardinals in the Vatican.

Shrewd and naïve, ironic and pedantic, primeval and cutting-edge, doubting and resolute, melancholy and ruthless, Pius XIII tries to cross the endless river of human solitude to find a God he can give to mankind. And to himself.

Director Paolo Sorrentino describes THE YOUNG POPE as “a film about solitude, which is the crucial point of the human condition.” Calling the Vatican “a city unlike any other,” he describes it as a place where “solitude is a perceptible fact, something you can practically touch with your hand.” Sorrentino adds that if that solitude is “riddled through with doubt,” it “increases exponentially, becoming truly intolerable.”

Upcoming episodes:

Episode #10: “Tenth Episode” (finale)

Debut date: MONDAY, FEB. 13 (9:00–10:05 p.m.)

Photos (Clockwise from Left): Jude Law, Cecile de France; Silvio Orlando; Jude Law, Javier Camara; Sebastian Roche, Jude Law (Credit for all: Gianni Fiorito). Please note these are promotional photos for press only.

Reunited with a changed Gutierrez (Javier Cámara) at the Vatican, the pope (Jude Law) considers an appropriate course of action regarding Archbishop Kurtwell (Guy Boyd). Father Tomasso (Marcello Romolo) gets a promotion, while Sister Mary (Diane Keaton) takes on a new role. The prospect of a reconciliation leads the young pope to make an unexpected change of travel plans — and policy.

Written by Paolo Sorrentino and Umberto Contarello; directed by Paolo Sorrentino.

Episode #9: “Ninth Episode”

Debut date: SUNDAY, FEB. 12 (9:00–10:00 p.m.)

Photos (L-R): Sebastian Roche, Jude Law; Jude Law, Diane Keaton, Silvio Orlando, Toni Bertorelli, Sebastian Roche; Sebastian Roche, Jude Law (Credit for all: Gianni Fiorito). Please note these are promotional photos for press only.

Lenny (Jude Law) and Sister Mary (Diane Keaton) relive a momentous incident from the past as the pope faces the prospect of an unthinkable loss in the present. In New York, Gutierrez (Javier Cámara) faces daunting odds, including the threat of blackmail, in his ongoing investigation of Kurtwell (Guy Boyd), a powerful archbishop suspected of longtime sexual misconduct.

Written by Paolo Sorrentino and Umberto Contarello; directed by Paolo Sorrentino.

Episode #8: “Eighth Episode”

Debut date: MONDAY, FEB. 6 (9:00–10:00 p.m.)

Photos (L-R): Jude Law, Diane Keaton; Jude Law; Sebastian Roche, Jude Law (Credit for all: Gianni Fiorito). Please note these are promotional photos for press only.

Lenny (Jude Law) and Sister Mary (Diane Keaton) deal with a shared loss in their own peculiar ways. Returning to the Vatican, Sofia (Cécile De France) suggests that the new pope embark on his first trip abroad: a visit to Africa in celebration of the 30th anniversary of Sister Antonia’s (Milvia Marigliano) much-heralded “Village of Goodness.” Lenny is heartened by a visit from his favorite author, and dismayed by the sudden departure of a friend.

Written by Paolo Sorrentino and Umberto Contarello; directed by Paolo Sorrentino.

Episode #7: “Seventh Episode”

Debut date: SUNDAY, FEB. 5 (9:00–10:00 p.m. ET/PT)

Photos (L-R): Jude Law; Diane Keaton; James Cromwell (Credit for all: Gianni Fiorito). Please note these are promotional photos for press only.

Concerned by negative publicity surrounding the suicide of a would-be priest, Voiello (Silvio Orlando) ponders new and familiar scenarios to take down Lenny (Jude Law). Sister Mary (Diane Keaton) struggles with her conscience as Lenny is distracted by the possibility of a family reunion. In the disturbing aftermath of a social event in Rome, Dussolier (Scott Shepherd) informs the pope he wants to return to Honduras.

Written by Paolo Sorrentino and Umberto Contarello; directed by Paolo Sorrentino.

Episode #6: “Sixth Episode”

Debut date: MONDAY, JAN. 30 (9:00–10:00 p.m.)

Photos (L-R): Stefano Accorsi, Jude Law; Silvio Orlando; Jude Law (Credit for all: Gianni Fiorito). Please note these are promotional photos for press only.

Other HBO playdates: Jan. 30 (1:30 a.m.) and 31 (11:40 p.m.)

HBO2 playdate: Jan. 30 (11:05 p.m.)

Nine months after being elected, Lenny (Jude Law) has a testy first meeting with the Italian prime minister (Stefano Accorsi), a progressive at odds with Pius XIII’s uncompromising vision of the church. Newly minted Cardinal Gutierrez (Javier Cámara) reluctantly moves out of the Vatican for his new assignment abroad. After a brief reunion with the faithful in Honduras, Dussolier (Scott Shepherd) assumes his new duties as Prefect of the Congregation of the Clergy, but is thrown by Lenny’s strict guidelines towards prospective priests. Voiello (Silvio Orlando) is questioned about the disappearance of Tonino (Franco Pinelli), who is looking to break from the church. Ester’s (Ludivine Sagnier) miracle comes true.

Written by Paolo Sorrentino; directed by Paolo Sorrentino.

Episode #5: “Fifth Episode”

Debut date: SUNDAY, JAN. 29 (9:00–10:00 p.m.)

Photos (L-R): Jude Law, Scott Sheperd, Silvio Orlando, Toni Bertorelli, Ramon Garcia; Ludivine Sagnier; Jude Law (Credit for all: Gianni Fiorito). Please note these are promotional photos for press only.

Other HBO playdates: Jan. 29 (10:00 p.m., 12:45 a.m.) and 30 (8:00 p.m.)

HBO2 playdate: Jan. 31 (8:00 p.m.)

Voiello (Silvio Orlando) orchestrates a scandalous scenario designed to cripple the pope. Lenny (Jude Law) decamps with old friend Andrew Dussolier (Scott Shepherd), both in the present and the past. As his ornate papal tiara arrives, Pius XIII decides the time has come to address the College of Cardinals in the Sistine Chapel.

Written by Paolo Sorrentino; directed by Paolo Sorrentino.

Episode #4: “Fourth Episode”

Debut date: MONDAY, JAN. 23 (9:00–10:00 p.m.)

Photos: Jude Law, Javier Camara; Ludivine Sagnier (Credit for both: Gianni Fiorito/HBO). Please note these are promotional photos for press only.

Other HBO playdates: Jan. 23 (2:40 a.m.), 24 (11:00 p.m.), 25 (11:10 p.m.), 27 (11:00 p.m.) and 28 (10:00 p.m.)

HBO2 playdates: Jan. 23 (11:10 p.m.), 25 (8:00 p.m.), 28 (6:00 p.m.) and 29 (8:00 p.m.)

Tonino (Franco Pinelli), a rural shepherd, appeals to the Vatican to recognize his miracle-working stigmata. Lenny (Jude Law) councils a nun whose sister is gravely ill in Sri Lanka. Ester (Ludivine Sagnier) is torn by a threat from Voiello (Silvio Orlando) and her devotion to the pope. Lenny makes a bold decision regarding a sex-abuse case in New York, deciding to send an unlikely envoy. A visit from the prime minister of Greenland (Carolina Carlsson) stirs Lenny’s musical sensibilities.

Written by Paolo Sorrentino with Stefano Rulli; directed by Paolo Sorrentino.

Episode #3: “Third Episode”

Debut date: SUNDAY, JAN. 22 (9:00–10:00 p.m.)

Photos (L-R): Diane Keaton; Jude Law; Silvio Orlando (Credit for all: Gianni Fiorito/HBO). Please note these are promotional photos for press only.

Other HBO playdates: Jan. 22 (10:00 p.m., 12:45 a.m.), 23 (8:00 p.m.), 25 (10:10 p.m.) and 26 (6:30 p.m.)

HBO2 playdates: Jan. 24 (8:00 p.m.) and 28 (5:00 p.m.)

Baffled by the pope’s intentions and desperate to retain control in the Vatican, Voiello (Silvio Orlando) considers his options in the face of public reaction to Lenny’s (Jude Law) speech. In a press conference, Sister Mary (Diane Keaton) outlines the pope’s policy towards questions and concerns from the media. Elder Cardinal Caltanissetta (Toni Bertorelli) enjoins Spencer (James Cromwell) to put his resentment aside and accept Lenny’s offer. Moved by Lenny’s message, Ester (Ludivine Sagnier) is summoned by Valente (Ignazio Oliva), the pope’s aide, to meet her pontiff. Gutierrez (Javier Cámara) finds that his shared confidences with Lenny are jeopardized by a secret.

Written by Paolo Sorrentino with Stefano Rulli; directed by Paolo Sorrentino.

Episode #2: “Second Episode”

Debut date: MONDAY, JAN. 16 (9:00–10:00 p.m.)

Photos: Ignazio Oliva, Jude Law; Silvio Orlando. (Credit for both: Gianni Fiorito/HBO). Please note these are promotional photos for press only.

Other HBO playdates: Jan. 15 (11:50 p.m., 2:40 a.m.), 17 (midnight), 18 (11:35 p.m.), 20 (1:00 a.m.) and 21 (5:00 p.m., 9:45 p.m.)

HBO2 playdates: Jan. 16 (1:00 a.m.), 18 (8:00 p.m.), 22 (8:00 p.m.) and 28 (4:00 p.m.)

Sofia (Cécile De France), the Vatican’s marketing director, receives a surprise directive as Lenny (Jude Law) prepares for his first public appearance. While the cardinals await an audience with their new pope, Sister Mary (Diane Keaton) catches up with Lenny’s childhood friend Andrew Dussolier (Scott Shepherd), another orphan-turned-cardinal. Lenny reaches out to Cardinal Spencer (James Cromwell) to take over a high Vatican post, but the meeting doesn’t go as he hoped. Ester (Ludivine Sagnier), wife of a Swiss Guardsman, eagerly joins the throng of followers in St. Peter’s Square on the night of Lenny’s first public homily as Pope Pius XIII.

Written by Paolo Sorrentino; directed by Paolo Sorrentino.

Episode #1: “First Episode”

Debut date: SUNDAY, JAN. 15 (9:00–10:00 p.m. ET/PT)

Other HBO playdates: Jan. 15 (10:00 p.m., 11:00 p.m.), 16 (8:00 p.m.), 18 (10:35 p.m.), 19 (6:30 p.m.), 20 (11:00 p.m.) and 21 (4:00 p.m.)

HBO2 playdates: Jan. 17 (8:00 p.m.) and 28 (3:00 p.m.)

Newly elected Pope Pius XIII (Jude Law), a.k.a. Lenny Belardo, defies expectations as he settles in at the Vatican to begin his reign. The youngest and first American pope in history, Lenny’s ascension was orchestrated by the Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Voiello (Silvio Orlando), who mistakenly believed the young pope would follow his lead on policy and protocol. Instead, Lenny shuns Voiello and tasks his confessor, Don Tommaso (Marcello Romolo), to share details on the private thoughts and motives of those in his inner circle.

Meanwhile, as Cardinal Spencer (James Cromwell), Lenny’s onetime mentor, stews about being passed over as pontiff, the new pope flies in Sister Mary (Diane Keaton), who raised him since he was delivered to an orphanage at seven, to serve as his chief advisor. While Sister Mary urges Lenny to put aside dark memories and focus on leading his billion followers, the young pope shows no inclination towards making himself available, either to the College of Cardinals or to the masses.

Written by Paolo Sorrentino; directed by Paolo Sorrentino.


The series will also be available on HBO NOW, HBO GO, HBO On Demand and affiliate portals.

THE YOUNG POPE is a joint Sky, HBO, CANAL+ production; produced by Wildside; co-produced by Haut et Court TV and MEDIAPRO. Executive producers for Wildside are Lorenzo Mieli and Mario Gianani together with John Lyons.

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