Los Angeles: Actors Ralph Fiennes and John Lithgow will star in filmmaker Edward Berger’s upcoming thriller ‘Conclave.
According to entertainment news outlet Variety, the movie has been acquired by Hollywood studio Focus Features for distribution in the US.
Berger’s most recent directorial effort All Quiet on the Western Front won four Academy Awards this year, including the best international feature trophy.
Conclave is based on Robert Harris’ novel of the same name and tells the story of the world’s most secretive event: Election of a new Pope.
Fiennes will essay the role of Cardinal Lawrence, a Catholic dignitary tasked with running the Vatican’s mysterious papal conclave who finds himself trapped in a treasonous web as groups of ambitious rival cardinals form factions in the hope of swaying the vote.
“As ambitions, divisions and scandals start to boil over and the political machinations inside the Vatican intensify, Lawrence realises that the departed Pope had kept a secret from them that he must uncover before a new Pope is chosen,” the official logline read.
The film’s cast also includes Stanley Tucci, Isabella Rossellini, Carlos Diehz, Lucian Msamati, Brían F. O’Byrne, Merab Ninidze and Sergio Castellitto. The script has been adapted by Peter Straughan.
The project will be produced by Tessa Ross and Juliette Howell for House Productions and Michael A Jackman for FilmNation Entertainment alongside Robert Harris and Alice Dawson.
(Published 12 November 2023, 07:14 IST)