Emmy Award winner Kyle Chandler (“Friday Night Lights,” “Argo,” “Zero Dark Thirty) has been cast in the lead role of the Showtime pilot “The Vatican.”
Details on “The Vatican,” provided by Showtime, are as follows:
“The Vatican” is a contemporary genre thriller about spirituality, power and politics – set against the modern-day political machinations within the Catholic church. Chandler will portray Cardinal Thomas Duffy, the charismatic yet enigmatic Archbishop of New York, whose progressive leanings excite some and alarm others within the hierarchy of the Catholic Church. Acclaimed actors Matthew Goode (“A Single Man”) and Sebastian Koch (“A Good Day to Die Hard”) have also joined the cast.
Goode has been cast in the role of Papal Secretary Bernd Koch, the current Pope’s closest confidante – giving him a very powerful perch within the inner-circle of the Vatican.
Koch will play Cardinal Marco Malerba, the Vatican’s Secretary of State. Malerba is informally known as the “dark prince of the Curia” for his proven abilities to ruthlessly wield power within the Church hierarchy.
“The Vatican” will explore the relationships and rivalries as well as the mysteries and miracles behind one of the world’s most hidden institutions. Two–time Oscar nominee (“Quiz Show,” “Donnie Brasco”) and three-time Emmy nominee (“House M.D.”) Paul Attanasio wrote the hour-long script. Triple Oscar nominee and Golden Globe-winner Sir Ridley Scott (“Gladiator,” “Prometheus”) will direct the pilot – marking his first ever for television. Attanasio, Scott, and David Zucker (“The Good Wife”) will serve as executive producers.
“The Vatican” will begin production in 2013 and is being produced by Sony Pictures Television in association with Showtime for series consideration.
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