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Bruno Ganz cast as Pope Sixtus VI in The Vatican

Bruno Ganz

Story by Jack Foley

BRUNO Ganz, the acclaimed Swiss actor best known for playing Adolf Hitler in Downfall, has been cast as Pope Sixtus VI in The Vatican.

A contemporary thriller about spirituality, power and politics set against the modern-day political machinations of the Catholic Church, The Vatican is one of Showtime’s big new hopes and already boasts a high profile cast and director.

Friday Night Lights luminary Kyle Chandler stars as Cardinal Thomas Duffy, a charismatic archbishop of New York, while Matthew Goode, Sebastian Koch, Anna Friel and Ewen Bremner are among the ensemble cast.

Ridley Scott will also be making his small screen debut by directing the pilot, which has been written by Paul Attanasio of House fame.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Ganz’s Pope Sixtus VI will be of German ancestry and is described as unassuming and an introspective caretaker of the Church.

He will also be seen to struggle with his own legacy and how history will judge his papacy.

Aside from winning widespread acclaim for his portrayal of Hitler, which earned the actor recognition from the European Film Awards, German Film Awards and London Critics’ Circle Film Awards, his other feature credits include The Reader, Unknown (pictured) and The Manchurian Candidate.

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