According to Deadline, Jude Law has signed on to star in an upcoming miniseries from HBO called The Young Pope. Law will play a new pope, who is compassionate for the poor, yet finds with himself conflicted about the Vatican’s authority. From series creator Paolo Sorrentino on what the show is about:

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 neighbor. That is what The Young Pope is about

The series begins filming this summer …