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John Malkovich to join Jude Law in The New Pope second series

John Malkovich

Story by Jack Foley

TWO-time Oscar nominee John Malkovich is set to star alongside Jude Law for the keenly-anticipated second season of HBO drama The New Pope.

The first season saw Law playing the fictional first American pope as an outrageously conservative figurehead who seemed hell-bent on turning the world of the Vatican upside down.

Directed by Paolo Sorrentino, the cast of the 10-part series also included Diane Keaton, Silvio Orlando and James Cromwell.

Details of Malkovich’s character are being kept under wraps, as are any plot details at this point.

But the sophomore season is being penned by The Young Pope‘s Paolo Sorrentino, Umberto Contarello and Stefano Bises.

Production on the new season begins in November in Italy.

Law earned a Golden Globe nomination for best actor in a mini-series for his role in The Young Pope.

Malkovich, meanwhile, has been increasingly drawn to TV roles, having enjoyed a recurring arc on season 3 of Billions and agreeing to play the legendary detective Hercule Poirot in an Agatha Christie adaptation of The ABC Murders for the BBC.