Showtime adds another to 'The Vatican'
March 14th, 2013
12:20 PM ET

Showtime adds another to 'The Vatican'

Talk about good timing.

As the world reacts to Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio being elected as the new pope, Showtime is busy adding to the cast of its upcoming pilot, "The Vatican."

The cable network revealed that the pilot has been in the works since December. (It was Showtime's first pilot order for 2013.)

A statement from the network describes "The Vatican" as "a provocative contemporary genre thriller about spirituality, power and politics, set against the modern-day political machinations within the Catholic Church."

"House M.D." executive producer Paul Attanasio wrote the hour-long script, which will delve into both the "relationships and rivalries" as well as the "mysteries and miracles" at the famously private institution. Sir Ridley Scott is serving as the pilot's director.

"Friday Night Lights" star Kyle Chandler has already been tapped to 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," Entertainment Weekly reported in February.

And on the same day of Pope Francis' election, Showtime cast "Trainspotting" actor Ewen Bremner as Monsignor Alberico Iemma, who investigates and pronounces miracles for the Church, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Bremner joins previously announced cast members Anna Friel, who plays Chandler's sister; Sebastian Koch, who portrays a powerful cardinal known as "the dark prince of the Curia"; and Matthew Goode, who portrays papal secretary Bernd Koch, the Pope's confidante.

Production on "The Vatican" is expected to begin this year. Showtime has yet to cast the pope.

Filed under: Casting Chronicles • television

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  1. Comments were never mean't for HIM...

    i could see it too

    April 15, 2013 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
  2. spthatcher

    "The Borgias" on Showtime (Pope Alexander VI and his illegitmate offspring) is VERY entertaining and I was a big fan of "The West Wing." I'd take it out for a test drive.

    April 15, 2013 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Maryanne--on file...


    April 12, 2013 at 7:35 am | Report abuse |
  4. Stephane Mallarme

    Will be interesting to watch out. I heard about this in one of the Hollywood TV shows.

    April 12, 2013 at 7:28 am | Report abuse |


    March 15, 2013 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Sokman

    Being catholic seems like a lot of work, & the initiation the young boys have to go through just doesnt seem worth it.

    March 15, 2013 at 1:16 am | Report abuse |
    • It is a lot of work

      Especially all that standing, and kneeling - and that's just the alter boys!

      *ba-DUM tish *

      March 15, 2013 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
  7. They see me trollin'...

    they hatin.'

    March 14, 2013 at 8:22 pm | Report abuse |
  8. M.A.P. (Mothers against poo)

    Tracey you are filtheeeee!!!!!! Wanna wrestle near a broken sewage pipe? I love gettin poop all over me! mmmm

    March 14, 2013 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Vatican

    would love too see this movie.

    March 14, 2013 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
  10. second alert


    March 14, 2013 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
  11. That means she's ready to whoever...


    March 14, 2013 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
  12. 800 service...


    March 14, 2013 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |

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