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John Malkovich

John Malkovich is to join Jude Law in the cast of The New Pope, director Paolo Sorrentino’s follow-up to his HBO/Sky limited series The Young Pope.

The limited series, written by Sorrentino with Umberto Contarello and Stefano Bises, is set to begin production in Italy in November.

HBO gave no details about the role Malkovich will play, though it did confirm that the new series, like its predecessor, will be set in the world of the modern papacy.

Malkovich’s previous TV appearances include movies Heart Of Darkness, RKO281, and Death Of A Salesman, for which he won a supporting actor Emmy. He was recently seen in Billions and is currently shooting Agatha Christie adaptation The ABC Murders for Amazon.

The New Pope will be an original production of HBO and SKY, produced by Lorenzo Mieli and Mario Gianani for Wildside, and co-produced by Mediapro. FremantleMedia International will act as the global distributor

Created and directed by Sorrentino, The Young Pope launched on Sky in late 2016 and on HBO early in 2017, also airing in 150 other territories. Law’s performance earned him a Golden Globe nomination in the mini-series or TV movie best actor category.