ByMark Newton, writer at Creators.co
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Mark Newton

With the resignation of Pope Benedict, some new job opportunities have obviously opened up in the Catholic Church. Luckily, it hasn't taken long for Emmy award winning actor to rush in and grab a job in the Vatican. To avoid this fairly clumsy attempt at satire from getting out of hand, I should probably point out now that Chandler will be joining the new Showtime series, The Vatican... not the actual clergy. Sorry about that.

Chandler (Argo, Zero Dark Thirty) just signed up to play the lead role in the new hour-long drama. The Vatican is being billed as a "provocative contemporary thriller about spirituality, power and politics – set against the modern-day political machinations within the Catholic church". Sounds pretty interesting, right? Well it gets even better.

Chandler is down to play Cardinal Thomas Duffy, the charismatic, yet mysterious Archbishop of New York. On arriving in the Vatican, it doesn't take long for Duffy's progressive teachings to cause divisions amongst the other clergymen. He will also be joined by (A Single Man) and (A Good Day to Die Hard). Showtime boss David Nevins had this to say:

Kyle Chandler is one of the most talented and sought-after actors working today, and was a fantastic creative partner through five seasons of Friday Night Lights. With Kyle, Matthew Goode and Sebastian Koch, Ridley and Paul have put together a powerhouse cast to anchor this incredibly timely show.

That's right. Nevins is talking about THE Sir . The Gladiator and Prometheus director will also helm the hour long pilot for The Vatican, therefore making his first directorial contribution to television. In case you needed some more persuasion about the pedigree of his project, the script is being written by two-time Oscar nominee (Quiz Show, Donnie Brasco) and three-time Emmy nominee (House M.D.) Paul Attanasio.

With all these moviemaking greats behind the project, I'm sure we can expect a compelling and cinematic experience. Production on The Vatican is due to commence this year, although there is currently no premiere date.

What do you think? Is The Vatican shaping up to become a standout television show? Let us know what you think below.

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