Lenny Belardo, aka Pius XIII, is the first American Pope in history. Young and charming, his election might seem the result of a simple and effective media strategy by the College of Cardinals. But, as we know, appearances can be deceiving.

His Religion Is Revolution

a young pope
Release date
June 28 2017
Lenny Belardo, a.k.a. Pope Pius XIII, is the first American pope and the youngest ever elected by the College of Cardinals. Two-time Oscar-nominee Jude Law stars in this 10-episode limited series about this radical new Pope who eschews the counsel of Vatican elders, enlists the woman who raised him (Oscar-winner Diane Keaton) to be his chief confidante and announces a series of hard line initiatives that confound the Vatican status quo. Over the course of the season, flashbacks and revelations paint a complicated portrait of Lenny whose strict adherence to Catholic dogma is belied by flights of fancy and crises of faith- not to mention an unusual and possibly inappropriate relationship with the wife of a Swiss Guard officer.

Jude Law ... Lenny Belardo

Diane Keaton ... Sister Mary

Silvio Orlando ... Cardinal Voiello


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HBO Films
Canal Studios
Freemantle Media

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