The first-look extended trailer from the joint Sky, HBO and CANAL+ original co-production The Young Pope has been unveiled ahead of its world premiere tonight at the 73rd Venice Film Festival.

The 10-part series, directed by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Paolo Sorrentino and starring Jude Law, will be broadcast on Sky Atlantic in 5 countries: in Italy, Germany and Austria from Friday 21st October, in UK and Ireland from Thursday 27th October, and in France on CANAL+ from late October.

Paolo Sorrentino, Creator & Director:

Lenny Belardo, aka Pius XIII, is the first American Pope in history. Young and charming, his election might seem the result of a simple and effective media strategy by the College of Cardinals. But appearances can be deceptive, especially in the place and among the people who have chosen the great mystery of God as the guiding light of their existence. That place is the Vatican and those people are the leaders of the Catholic Church. And the most mysterious and contradictory figure of all turns out to be Pius XIII himself. Shrewd and naïve, old-fashioned and yet very modern, doubtful and resolute, ironic, pedantic, hurt and ruthless, Pius XIII tries to walk the long path of human loneliness to find a God for mankind. And for himself.”

An international cast joins two-time Academy Award nominee Jude Law, including award-winning actress Diane Keaton (Sister Mary), Silvio Orlando (Cardinal Voiello), Scott Shepherd (Cardinal Dussolier), Cécile de France (Sofia), Javier Cámara (Cardinal Gutierrez), Ludivine Sagnier (Esther), Toni Bertorelli (Cardinal Caltanissetta) and James Cromwell (Cardinal Michael Spencer).

The Young Pope is produced by Wildside and co-produced by Haut et Court TV and MEDIAPRO. Executive Producers for Wildside are Lorenzo Mieli and Mario Gianani together with John Lyons.

Executive Producers for Haut et Court TV are Caroline Benjo, Carole Scotta and Simon Arnal. Executive Producers for MEDIAPRO are Jaume Roures and Javier Mendez. Executive Producers for Sky Italia are Nils Hartmann, Roberto Amoroso and Sonia Rovai.

International distributor is FremantleMedia International.