'The Two Popes' Trailer: Anthony Hopkins, Jonathan Pryce Face Off Over Future of Catholic Church
"Two Popes" aren't better than one, as the trailer for the upcoming Netflix film from Fernando Meirelles ("City of God") proves.
The movie is based the real-life tumultuous transition from traditionalist Pope Benedict XVI (Anthony Hopkins) to his more open-minded successor, Cardinal Bergoglio, later known as Pope Francis (Jonathan Pryce).
The movie follows the cardinal after he requests permission to retire in 2012 from the pope. Instead, facing scandal and self-doubt, 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 elements from their pasts in order to find common ground and forge a future for a billion followers around the world.
"We are no longer part of this world," Bergoglio declares, while Benedict muses on being able to see the "correction" following his tenure as pope.
"The Two Popes" will have its world premiere at the Telluride Film Festival this weekend. It will open in select theaters on November 27, then begin streaming on Netflix on December 20.