Fans of The Young Pope can sing a hallelujah—The New Pope is here and if the trailer is any indication, it’s going to be just as juicy as the original series. HBO released a brand new teaser this week introducing John Malkovich as the new pope while offering a glimpse of Jude Law as his embattled predecessor, who remains comatose (for now, at least).
If you haven’t seen the show (how dare you!), here’s a quick recap: Jude Law starred in The Young Pope as Lenny Belardo, the young archbishop of New York who becomes the first ever American-born pope, Pius XIII. While it might sound like a recipe for a more progressive Catholic Church, the young pope quickly proves to be ultraconservative, alienating many around him. In the season’s final episode [SPOILER ALERT] Lenny collapses after delivering a moving homily in Venice.
In the teaser for the follow-up to the acclaimed limited series, he’s shown lying in a dark room that’s dramatically lit by a neon cross, an oxygen mask over his mouth. We are intrigued.
“Everyone in the world should know who the Pope is,” Malkovich declares, having taken over as papal leader. “It’s not vanity, it’s necessity.” He goes on to call himself irresponsible, indolent, pompous and conceited so clearly we are in for a frothy ride as the new pope is being positioned as every bit the mercurial leader as the younger man who came before him.
Speaking of that man, Malkovich seems curious as to whether Pius XIII could awaken from his coma but no one should mistake his curiosity for hope.
“He is still alive, even if he doesn’t know it,” a doctor acknowledges, giving us some serious pope-battle foreshadowing. “It doesn’t matter,” Malkovich answers coldly. “I am the pope.” OMG, it’s going down.
Given the dark, surreal undertone of the new trailer, and that quick flash of Law removing his character’s oxygen mask near the end complete with coy grin, we can expect a lot of drama and some seriously shady happenings at the Vatican this season.
The real question remains, though: will we get to the, ahem, bottom of why the young pope was walking along the beach in a Speedo? Send thoughts and prayers for that modern day miracle, please.
The New Pope will premiere on Crave in January 2020.