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John Malkovich Savors the Power of the Papacy in HBO's The New Pope

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  • Jude Law and John Malkovich star in The New Pope. (HBO)
    Jude Law and John Malkovich star in The New Pope. (HBO)

    When pondering possible replacements for Jude Law, John Malkovich is likely the last person most viewers would think of, which makes the premise of HBO's The New Pope all the more intriguing. Picking up where 2016's The Young Pope left off — specifically, with Law's Pius XIII in a coma — The New Pope sees Malkovich's John Brannox slipping into the papal vestments as the world awaits news of the last pope's fate. 

    SERIES PREMIERE: As our Emma Fraser writes, sublime decadence and tongue-in-cheek undertones are still on the menu as Sir John Brannox (John Malkovich) assumes the role of The New Pope. Just as Brannox begins flexing his papal muscles, Jude Law's Lenny Belardo wakes up. Watch the preview. 9:00 PM ET on HBO

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    Mike Attebery is Senior Editor at Primetimer and the author of seven mystery thrillers. Follow him on Twitter at @mikeattebery.

    TOPICS: The New Pope, HBO, The Young Pope, John Malkovich, Jude Law