Two-time Tony winner Jonathan Pryce (Miss Saigon, Comedians, Game of Thrones) will play the current head of the Roman Catholic Church, Pope Francis, in the Netflix feature film The Pope, according to Deadline.
Directed by Fernando Meirelles (City of God), the film will likely co-star Oscar winner and Broadway alum Anthony Hopkins (The Silence of the Lambs), who is currently in negotiations to play Pope Francis' predecessor, Pope Benedict. Anthony McCarten (The Theory of Everything) penned the script based on his play.
The film concerns the election of Pope Benedict and his resignation, which allowed the first Jesuit pope, Pope Francis, to lead the church.
Filming is expected to begin in Argentina in November. Producers include Dan Lin, Jonathan Eirich, and Tracey Seaward.