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The Two Popes - Netflix release poster and teaser trailer

The Two Popes

Anthony Hopkins and Jonathan Pryce star in The Two Popes, an intimate look at a historic turning point in the Catholic Church.

Directed by Academy Award nominee Fernando Meirelles, the film will be released in select cinemas on November 27 in the US, November 29 in the UK and on Netflix on December 20. The film will also receive a Journey Gala screening at this year’s London Film Festival.


From Fernando Meirelles, the Academy Award-nominated director of City of God, and three-time Academy Award nominated screenwriter Anthony McCarten, comes an intimate story of one of the most dramatic transitions of power in the last 2,000 years.

Frustrated with the direction of the church, Cardinal Bergoglio (Jonathan Pryce) requests permission to retire in 2012 from Pope Benedict (Anthony Hopkins).

Instead, facing scandal and self-doubt, the introspective Pope Benedict summons his harshest critic and future successor to Rome to reveal a secret that would shake the foundations of the Catholic Church.

Behind Vatican walls, a struggle commences between both tradition and progress, guilt and forgiveness, as these two very different men confront elements from their pasts in order to find common ground and forge a future for a billion followers around the world.

Watch the teaser trailer