Meirelles: Will Direct Netflix Drama about Popes

Fernando Meirelles will direct for Netflix an untitled film about the relationship between Pope Benedict and Pope Francis.

Benedict will be played by  Anthony Hopkins and Francis will be played by Jonathan Pryce.

The movie, scripted by Anthony McCarten, will begin shooting in Argentina this November. Meirelles’ will rely on regular cinematographer Cesar Charlone.

The film explores the relationship and opposing visions between two of the most powerful leaders in the Catholic Church, both of whom must address their own pasts and the demands of the modern world in order to move the church forward.

The film marks Meirelles’ return to feature films since his 2011 drama “360” which also starred Hopkins. He is still best known for the highly acclaimed “City of God,” which earned him a best director nomination. He followed that up with “The Constant Gardner.”

 

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