The dark side of Jude Law’s character shines through as the head of the Catholic Church in a new television series.
The British actor portrays a fictional pontiff, Pius XIII, in The Young Pope, a new 10-part programme on Sky Atlantic.
Law will play Lenny Belardo, who is thrust into the role and must grapple with his faith and the powerful structures of the Church.
The clip shows his character as a chain-smoking, brooding man of the cloth who says: “I’m a contradiction and God. Saint. Sinner. Pope. Man.”
Hollywood actress Diane Keaton, who plays a nun called Sister Mary, is shown cupping Law’s face telling him: “I see Christ’s reflection in you.”
Italian filmmaker Paolo Sorrentino is the creator and director of the series, which is being made by HBO, Sky and France’s Canal Plus.
Talking about Law’s character, he said: “The most mysterious and contradictory figure of all turns out to be Pius XIII himself.
“Shrewd and naive, 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.”
LA Confidential actor James Cromwell also stars in the new series as Cardinal Michael Spencer.
The trailer has been released ahead of the show’s world premiere at the 73rd Venice Film Festival this weekend.
The Young Pope will air on Sky Atlantic in the UK and Ireland from 27 October, and in Italy, Germany and Austria from 21 October.