Showtime elects new Pope for ‘The Vatican’
Sure, the Catholic Church has named its new Pope, but come on, what the world really wants to know is who will be the Pope in Showtime’s upcoming drama The Vatican?
To answer your question — Adolf Hitler.
Or rather, Bruno Ganz — the actor best known for his eerily spot-on portrayal of the despot in the 2004 drama Downfall, a film which spawned an endless series of YouTube parody videos in which the scene of Hitler learning that the war is lost is subtitled to indicate Hitler flipping out about any number of random subjects — such as the following video where he loses his mind over being reaped for The Hunger Games.
The Swiss-born Ganz is an immensely respected, well-known actor in international circles, and has recently played a fallen Angel in Wim Wenders’ Wings Of Desire. In Showtime’s The Vatican, Ganz will play the soft-spoken, fictional Sixtus VI, joining a cast that includes Pushing Daisies alum Anna Friel and Kyle Chandler, the Emmy-winning star of NBC’s Friday Night Lights, most recently seen on the big-screen in Kathryn Bigelow’s Zero Dark Thirty and Ben Affleck’s Best Picture winner Argo.
From Paul Attanasio and Ridley Scott, The Vatican is the story of spirituality, power and politics set against the modern-day politics of the Catholic Church. Chandler plays progressive New York Cardinal Thomas Duffy, while Friel plays his “secular, hard-living” younger sister. Matthew Goode, meanwhile, will play Papal Secretary Bernd Koch, with Sebastian Koch also starring in the drama as Cardinal Marco Malerba. The series begins production next month.