Jude Law has been confirmed to play the lead role in Paolo Sorrentino’s upcoming TV series The Young Pope, about a fictional American Pope who becomes the most conservative leader the Vatican has ever seen.

The eight-episode production, backed by Sky, HBO And Canal +, is due to shoot this summer.

Produced by Wildside and co-produced by Haut et Court TV, executive producers for Wildside are Lorenzo Mieli and Mario Gianani together with John Lyons.

Executive producers for Haut et Court TV are Caroline Benjo, Carole Scotta and Simon Arnal.