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Ewen Bremner joins The Vatican

Ewen Bremner

Story by Jack Foley

EWEN Bremner has joined the cast of new Showtime pilot The Vatican.

Billed as a contemporary thriller about spirituality, power and politics, the high-profile show will be set against the modern-day political machinations within the Catholic Church and will also explore relationships and rivalries as well as the mysteries and miracles behind the institution.

Bremner will play a character named Monsignor Alberico Iemma, who will be in charge of investigating and pronouncing miracles for the church.

He joins a starry ensemble that is headed by Friday Night Lights luminary Kyle Chandler, as Cardinal Thomas Duffy, a charismatic archbishop of New York.

Anna Friel will play Duffy’s sister, Kayla; Sebastian Koch is Cardinal Marco Malerba, the Vatican’s secretary of state, and Matthew Goode plays papal secretary Bernd Koch.

Paul Attanasio (of House fame) has written the one-hour script, which Ridley Scott will direct as his first television pilot.

Showtime has yet to cast the pope for The Vatican but announced the appointment of Bremner, coincidentally, on the same day the Vatican named Jorge Mario Bergoglio as its new pope.

Bremner will shortly be seen in blockbuster movie Jack The Giant Slayer and has just completed Snowpiercer alongside Chris Evans.

Other credits include Mike Newell’s Great Expectations, Alien vs. Predator, Black Hawk Down (for Ridley Scott) and Pearl Harbor.

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