The Two Popes trailer: Anthony Hopkins and Jonathan Pryce face up to an uncertain future

It seems to be Pope season at the moment, with the return of Paolo Sorrentino's The Young Pope TV series (with John Malkovich also starring) and Fernando Meirelles pairing together Anthony Hopkins and Jonathan Pryce in The Two Popes. The film was announced this morning as taking part in this year's London Film Festival, after it premières at Venice and plays at Telluride and TIFF. It feels like quite some time since we saw Hopkins in anything really meaningful and pairing him with an actor of Pryce's calibre will hopefully bring out the best in him. Hit play above to watch the first trailer for The Two Popes.

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.

Meirelles (City of God, The Constant Gardener) directs, with the supporting cast featuring Juan Minujín, Sidney Cole, Thomas D Williams and Federico Torre.

The Two Popes is released in select US and UK cinemas on November 27, before hitting Netflix on December 20.

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