CANNES, France — Jude Law is the new pope.

The British actor will play the fictional Pope Pius XIII in "The Young Pope," a miniseries directed by Italian filmmaker Paolo Sorrentino.

The series — a co-production of HBO, Sky and France's Canal Plus — was announced Sunday in Cannes, where Sorrentino's film "Youth" is competing for the Palme d'Or. Filming is due to begin this summer.

Law will play Lenny Belardo, who is thrust into the role of pope and must grapple with his faith and the powerful structures of the church.— AP

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