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Sky has announced a new drama starring Jude Law will start filming this summer. 'The Young Pope' will see Law play Lenny Belardo, a fictional Pope.

Belardo is a "complex and conflicted character, so conservative in his choices as to border on obscurantism, yet full of compassion towards the weak and poor," according to the official description. He will face losing those closest to him and the constant fear of being abandoned.

All eight episodes will be directed by Paolo Sorrentino ('The Great Beauty') and written by him and Tony Grisoni, Umberto Contarello and Stefano Rulli.

It will air on Sky Atlantic in the UK.

A pensive-sounding Sorrentino said: "The clear signs of God's existence. The clear signs of God's absence. How faith can be searched for and lost. The greatness of holiness, so great as to be unbearable when you are fighting temptations and when all you can do is to yield to them.

"The inner struggle between the huge responsibility of the Head of the Catholic Church and the miseries of the simple man that fate (or the Holy Spirit) chose as Pontiff.

"Finally, how to handle and manipulate power in a state whose dogma and moral imperative is the renunciation of power and selfless love towards one's neighbour. That is what 'The Young Pope' is about."

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