Netflix has unveiled a first look image and synopsis for The Two Popes, the new film from Oscar-nominated director Fernando Meirelles (City of God) and screenwriter Anthony McCarten (Bohemian Rhapsody) and starring Anthony Hopkins as Pope Benedict and Jonathan Pryce as Pope Francis.
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 their pasts in order to find common ground and forge a future for a billion followers around the world.
The Two Popes will screen as a Special Presentation at the Toronto International Film Festival in September.