Are you buying Jude Law as the orange, American ‘Young Pope’?


This is the first I’m hearing of this, but apparently it’s a thing that has been going on for months. These are photos of Jude Law filming The Young Pope. No, it’s not a super-budget romantic comedy about an orange pope who falls for a humble nun after their meet-cute run-in as they were headed to church (although someone should sell that idea). No, The Young Pope is pretty prestigious – it’s an eight-part miniseries done in collaboration with Sky, HBO and Canal+, with Jude playing a fictional, modern Pope Pius XII. The miniseries is being directed by acclaimed filmmaker Paolo Sorrentino. Sorrentino describes the series as:

“The inner struggle between the huge responsibility of the Head of the Catholic Church and the miseries of the simple man that fate (or the Holy Spirit) chose as Pontiff. Finally, how to handle and manipulate power in a state whose dogma and moral imperative is the renunciation of power and selfless love towards one’s neighbor.”

[Via Vanity Fair]

Sure. But do they explain why the Young Pope is orange? Do they explain why his hair is shellacked? Is the Pope getting spray tans?

The miniseries also stars James Cromwell as a cardinal-mentor to Jude Law’s pope, plus Diane Keaton as the American nun who raised the pope. Also: Jude Law’s pope is an American?! That would never happen, I’m just saying. I don’t know a lot about the Catholic Church, but I don’t think they would ever elect an American Pope. Just like the Vatican wouldn’t elect a dude who has five children by three different women, like Jude.




Photos courtesy of Fame/Flynet.

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  1. lilacflowers says:


  2. Ben Dover says:

    This is the dumbest casting in the history of film.

  3. PunkyMomma says:

    Bwahaha! This is a comedy, right?

    • Div says:

      The idea of Jude is absurd but I love the cast and Paolo Sorrentino so I’m here for it. I’m wondering if it’s going to have some darkly comic moments though like a few of Sorrentino’s films have had because a straight up drama…well it will be interesting.

    • Addison says:

      But will it beat The Martian?

    • jammypants says:

      It sounds like it

  4. Sixer says:

    Wait, what? Ok, I’ve entered a parallel universe, right? This is quite scary. Cos Sky, HBO and Canal+ plus Paolo Sorrentino is a weighty combo, I love James Cromwell, and I don’t mind Jude the Impure as an actor. Jude the Impure is wearing pink lipstick to play the Pope? But it’s NOT a comedy? I think someone has drugged me.

    Anyway. For more weird priest casting, I believe you guys stateside are soon to see You, Me and the Apocalypse? Which *is* a comedy drama. And has Rob Lowe as a priest. The Sixlets made me watch this and I recommend it: it’s daft and surreal and the cast does a great job. Plus bonus Paterson Joseph.

    • Kip says:

      Parallel universe? Dreamscape? A stroke perhaps?

    • MsGoblin says:

      Can’t. see. past. the. pink. lipstick.

    • Ange says:

      I watched it, Rob made a very hot priest and I would definitely renounce nunhood if he was offering it up. I liked the series but omg so frustrating. They have to do a second one don’t they? Otherwise there would be far too many unanswered questions.

  5. NewWester says:

    This might be fun to watch. I can watch it after that mini series of John Travolta’s Hairpiece vs OJ Simpson. Can’t wait!!

  6. Cherry says:

    I dunno, you guys… Paolo Sorrentino is an hugely talented filmmaker, anyone seen La grande bellezza? It’s amazing, one of the most beautiful films I ever saw. Based on this film and some of the others he made I’d say he’s a cynical man looking for answers, particularly with regard to spirituality. He also has this, well, let’s say strained relationship with the Catholic church. Frankly, I’m excited about this miniseries.

    • michelleb says:

      Sorrentino being attached has me a little excited about it too. I think it will be good and brutally honest. I’m interested in how the series will portray faith in the modern world, especially given the scandals of the Church.

      On an entirely superficial note, does anyone else think that Jude Law looks like a young Pope John Paul II here? From the first couple years of his pontificate? I think the resemblance is striking. I wonder if that is a reason why they are styling his hair this way.

      I loved La grande bellezza, btw. It makes me so happy to see another fan!

      • Cherry says:

        IKR?? He DOES look like JPII and I think his styling is on point, actually. A little too heavy on the makeup, sure, but on point nonetheless. Maybe I’m reading too much into it, but casting Law as a young pope might be a bit of a cynical joke on Sorrentino’s part.
        Just as a side note: Jude Law might be a mess in his personal life, but I don’t see how that would mean he cannot be cast as a pope. He’s an actor, for crying out loud. And a good one, too.

    • Sixer says:

      I’ve seen it. Beautiful, beautiful film, although it kinda made my heart hurt.

    • Div says:

      I like all of his films but La grande Belleza and Il Divo are especial favorites. Youth was great though too and even that Sean Penn film was decent.

      • Cherry says:

        Oh, I forgot about Il Divo! Amazing film. Come to think about it, religion and power are really constant themes in his work, right? He’s the perfect man for this job, I’d say.

  7. Jade says:

    Wonder if Hugh Grant, Jude and KFed have started their club yet. Eddie Murphy would be chairman, I guess. Better sterilise their meeting room after they’re done or some poor lady would get a case of babies after sitting on the chairs.

  8. GoodNamesAllTaken says:

    I fell asleep reading about this. It sounds utterly stupid.

  9. Tiffany says:

    While his personal life seems to have overshadowed his career, Jude is a talented character actor. There is alot of prestige behind this project and I think it will be good.

    And I am not just saying that because I am due in October. *laughs uncomfortably* Who said anything about it being Jude’s……

  10. Sarah01 says:

    I thought my love for Jude will never wilt and die, but seeing him in pics it’s coming quite close.
    Please Jude be beautiful again.

    • Betti says:

      Maybe you shouldn’t watch him in Dom Hemingway – he’s great in that but does NOT look pretty.

  11. kri says:

    Okay, did I just hit my head or fall down the rabbit hole or WTF?! Jude Law as the Pope. Okay. Um,why does he look like THAT?! What is that look? Madame Tussaud could have made him look more alive! I am aghast and bewildered. This turd will cling to the side of the bowl forever. Almost like a Kardashian.

  12. Carol says:

    From Trump, to the Golden Globes, to now the pope – guys are turning orange. There is a makeup artist somewhere who is quite busy turning people orange.