Jude Law and John Malkovich star and Sharon Stone and Marilyn Manson guest-star on Paolo Sorrentino's follow-up to The Young Pope. "The concept is simple," Sorrentino says of The New Pope. "The basic idea is to latch on to the end of the first season. The pope, played by Jude Law, goes into a coma that, from a scientific standpoint, is considered irreversible and can only end up in death. So the church has to resort to a new pope, who is played by John Malkovich. But since we are in a territory where reason is overtaken by spiritual mysteries and by God, Jude Law’s coma may not be so irreversible. It may have some unexpected novelties, so that two popes can co-exist in the episodes that follow."