Showtime's "The Vatican" names its own pope
Bruno Ganz poses during a photo call at the Hotel Bellevue on March 14, 2012, in Bern, Switzerland. / Oliver Oettli/Getty Images
Showtime has picked its own pope.
Actor Bruno Ganz (who played Adolf Hitler in the 2004 film "Downfall") will play the pontiff on the network's upcoming drama pilot "The Vatican."
The news comes two days after the real-life election of Pope Francis.
Ganz will portray Pope Sixtus VI, described as "an unassuming and introspective caretaker of the Church, who struggles with his own legacy, and how history will judge his papacy."
He joins a cast that includes "Friday Night Nights" alum Kyle Chandler as Cardinal Thomas Duffy and "Pushing Daisies" actress Anna Friel, who plays his sister. Matthew Goode also plays Papal Secretary Bernd Koch, the current Pope's closest confidante, and Sebastian Koch will portray Cardinal Marco Malerba, the Vatican's Secretary of State.
According to Showtime, "The Vatican" will "explore the relationships and rivalries as well as the mysteries and miracles behind one of the world's most hidden institutions." The pilot will be directed by Ridley Scott ("Gladiator," "Prometheus"), who also serves as an executive producer on the project. Paul Attanasio ("House") wrote the one-hour script.
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