Netflix has dropped the first official teaser of Academy Award-nominated director Fernando Meirelles’ next The Two Popes.
The makers have described The Two Popes as an “intimate story of one of the most dramatic transitions of power in the last 2,000 years.”
The Two Popes follows Pope Francis (Jonathan Pryce), who, frustrated with the direction of the church, 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 the 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.
Apart from Jonathan Pryce and Anthony Hopkins, The Two Popes also stars Sidney Cole as Cardinal Peter Turkson, Lisandro Fiks as Father Franz Jalics, and Maria Ucedo as Esther Ballestrine.
The film will premiere on Netflix on 20 December.