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Jonathan Pryce goes from Game Of Thrones to the Vatican for Netflix's The Pope

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It’s been a while since Jonathan Pryce’s High Sparrow got blown up on Game Of Thrones, but now he’s once again returning to the high-stakes world of religious intrigue with a new Netflix original movie called The Pope. That comes from Deadline, which says Pryce will play Pope Francis, the current guy in the big hat and the first leader of the Catholic Church to be born in the Americas. He’ll be joining Anthony Hopkins, who is playing Francis’ predecessor Pope Benedict. The Pope is being directed by City Of God’s Fernando Meirelles, with a script from The Theory Of Everything writer Anthony McCarten.

Deadline says the plot of The Pope will tell the story of Pope Benedict’s election and eventual resignation, along with the story of Pope Francis’ election after that. Hopefully Cersei doesn’t show up to ruin Pryce’s next foray into religion like she did the last one, but we’ll have to see how that plays out. The Pope will begin filming in November.


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