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Diane Keaton, 69, is to join Jude Law in her first regular role on TV in The Young Pope.
Diane, who has starred in many big movies including The Godfather and Something’s Gotta Give, will play the role of Sister Mary, an American nun living in Vatican City. Production of the eight part mini series starts this week.
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Jude Law, 42, who has also starred in major movies including Cold Mountain and The Talented Mr Ripley will take the role of The Young Pope, Lenny Belardo (a fictitious Pope Pius XIII) who, in the show, is an Italian American cleric recruited by the Vatican for his orthodox beliefs. Lenny has been raised by Sister Mary who taught him how to live right by God and she continues to have power over him and used him to get her new position at the Vatican.
Lenny will be a very conservative Pope who will grapple with personal crisis as well as issues involving doctrine and church discipline.
Italian film director and screenwriter Paulo Sorrintino, who directed biopic Il Divo and won an oscar for movie The Great Beauty is to direct the series. Paulo’s description of The Young Pope is that it is about “how to handle and manipulate power in a state whose dogma and moral imperative is the renunciation of power and selfless love towards one’s neighbour.” Paulo has also written the show, along with Tony Grisoni, Umberto Contarello and Stefano Rulli.
Although The Young Pope won’t be available to watch until next year, Diane is also starring in the movie Love the Coopers; which is about a family who gather on Christmas Eve for a chaotic celebration. Love the Coopers is hitting our screens later this year on November 13.