Let’s set the scene…
We have a bronzed Jude Law, the former Pope, clad in a white speedo and strutting in slow motion down a beach. The sun catches a hint of silver on his otherwise blonde head, while volleyballs are passed back and forth between bikini-clad beauties in the background. Just in case you missed that last part, let me say it again — Jude Law, on the beach, in his underwear.
Now that we have your attention, here’s what we learned from the trailer for The New Pope, coming soon to Crave:
Somewhere far away (AKA Rome), we see a stern new pontiff, played by John Malkovich, walk through the Vatican, followed by a group of male clerics. For him, a crowd of clapping civilians await. For Jude, a bevy of beautiful women. Jude flashes an all-knowing smirk at the camera, while John maintains a stoic appearance as he assumes his final position.
Same same, but entirely different.
The first season of the series, titled The Young Pope, followed Jude Law (sans the speedo) as the “disruptive Pope Pius XIII” better known as Lenny Belardo and the first American Pope in History. However, his rise to the Catholic throne was revealed as a calculated media strategy, as it became apparent that the church’s leaders had chosen another, more mysterious figure as their “guiding force”. Following the conclusion of a season that was rife with intrigue, betrayal and a delightful dose of Diane Keaton as Jude’s confidante, Law’s character was left in a seemingly irreversible coma. Was it foul play? Is this the last we see of the young, handsome Pope? Who will become the next pontiff? We were left with a lot of questions.
Fortunately, it looks like The New Pope will have plenty of answers.
The trailer itself doesn’t give much away in terms of plot confirmations, but we can only assume from Jude’s cheeky stroll down the beach that his coma might not be so irreversible, after all. John Malkovich has obviously been appointed in Jude’s place, joining the cast as Pope John Paul III, so it will be interesting to see how they co-exist if Jude’s character makes an unexpected recovery.
While any HBO-produced show is sure to provide audiences with healthy servings of drama, season one has already been hailed as “gorgeously shot, immaculately designed, and as weird as it is alluring” — so we can’t wait for whatever is in store throughout this next instalment.
Also, will the speedo be a regular wardrobe choice? Asking for a friend.
Eager viewers shouldn’t have to wait too long to dig into the new series, as two episodes of The New Pope are set to premiere Sunday at the Venice Film Festival. In the meantime, you can watch all of season one on Crave.