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Jonathan Pryce to portray Pope Francis in Netflix's 'The Pope'

By
Wade Sheridan
Jonathan Pryce arrives to the world premiere of Game of Thrones Season 5 at The Tower of London on March 8, 2015. Pryce is set to portray Pope Francis in a new Netflix film along with Anthony Hopkins as Pope Benedict. File Photo by EPA/STR
Jonathan Pryce arrives to the world premiere of "Game of Thrones" Season 5 at The Tower of London on March 8, 2015. Pryce is set to portray Pope Francis in a new Netflix film along with Anthony Hopkins as Pope Benedict. File Photo by EPA/STR

Sept. 7 (UPI) -- Game of Thrones alum Jonathan Pryce has signed on to portray Pope Francis in Netflix film The Pope alongside Anthony Hopkins as Pope Benedict.

City of God helmer Fernando Meirelles is set direct with a script by Anthony McCarten who is adapting his stage play of the same name, Deadline reported.

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The Pope will follow the election and then resignation of Pope Benedict (Hopkins) and the election of Pope Francis (Pryce), formally known as Argentinian Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, who became the first Jesuit to enter the papacy and the first non-European Pope since the 8th century, noted The Hollywood Reporter.

Production will begin in November in Argentina.

Pryce was recently seen as religious figure the High Sparrow on HBO's Game of Thrones and will next star in director Terry Gilliam's The Man Who Killed Don Quixote as Don Quixote. Hopkins last appeared in Season 1 of HBO's Westworld and will reprise his role as Odin in Marvel's Thor: Ragnarok.

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