Anthony Hopkins & Jonathan Pryce in First Trailer for 'The Two Popes'

August 29, 2019
Source: YouTube

The Two Popes Trailer

"You know the hardest thing is to listen…" Netflix has unveiled the first teaser trailer for the film The Two Popes, not to be confused with the TV series "The New Pope" (or "The Young Pope"). This is a fictionalized version of the story of the latest pope to leave before this latest one. Behind Vatican walls, the traditionalist Pope Benedict and the reformist future Pope Francis must find common ground to forge a new path for the Catholic Church. Jonathan Pryce plays Cardinal Bergoglio, who requested permission to retire in 2012 from Pope Benedict, played by Anthony Hopkins. Also starring Juan Minuj√≠n, Sidney Cole, Thomas D Williams, Federico Torre, and Pablo Trimarchi. This looks way better than I was expecting, but then again this is Fernando Meirelles and I've enjoyed pretty much every single film he has made so far. It's premiering at the Toronto Film Festival before landing on Netflix in December this year. Check it out below.

Here's the first teaser trailer (+ poster) for Fernando Meirelles' The Two Popes, from Netflix's YouTube:

The Two Popes Poster

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. The Two Popes is directed by talented Brazilian filmmaker Fernando Meirelles, director of the films The Nutty Boy 2, Domésticas, City of God, The Constant Gardener, Blindness, and 360 previously. The screenplay is written by Anthony McCarten. This is premiering at the Toronto Film Festival coming up. Netflix releases Meirelles' The Two Popes in select theaters starting November 27th, then streaming on December 20th in the fall.

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They certainly have stories to tell themselves. And some for the public ...

shiboleth on Aug 29, 2019


Good performances from legends.

DAVIDPD on Aug 29, 2019


The Constant Gardener was a good film from this director. The two leads are certainly great actors and worth watching them work...but....I just don't care about the subject matter or these characters. Oh well....

thespiritbo on Aug 29, 2019


City of God was brilliant...My trip to Panama City, Panama proved everything right.

Drd215 on Aug 30, 2019


You're right, City of God was brilliant. I loved that film. So that's two from this director as I also really liked Constant Gardener. Almost enough to make me see this one, but I just have no interest in the subject matter, the Catholic Church, etc. If it comes around to cable I'll for sure watch it.

thespiritbo on Aug 30, 2019

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