You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Michel Piccoli joins Moretti’s ‘Pope’

$12 million Vatican comedy to shoot in January

Italo multihyphenate Nanni Moretti has anointed Gallic superstar Michel Piccoli, 83, to play an angst-ridden contempo pontiff for his upcoming comedy “We Have a Pope.”

Piccoli will play a cardinal who gets the jitters after he is elected pope. Moretti, as previously announced, will play the papal psychiatrist.

Pic is set for a January shoot in Italy; Moretti’s Sacher Film and Domenico Procacci’s are Fandango co-producing with French producer Jean Labadie’s Le Pact.

European co-production fund Eurimages is providing $900,000 of the reported $12 million budget.

Gaul’s Wild Bunch is handling international sales on the new work by the Italo auteur/thesp, who also has a big following in France. Moretti’s “The Son’s Room” took the 2001 Cannes Palme d’Or.

Moretti has penned the “Pope” pic with scribes Federica Pontremoli and Francesco Piccolo, with whom he collaborated on his previous feature, “The Caiman.”

He has been meticulously researching the film with the Vatican, where a draft of the screenplay has reportedly been read.

More Film

  • Kiersey Clemons

    Kiersey Clemons to Star in Jonás Cuarón's 'Zorro' Movie

    Italo multihyphenate Nanni Moretti has anointed Gallic superstar Michel Piccoli, 83, to play an angst-ridden contempo pontiff for his upcoming comedy “We Have a Pope.” Piccoli will play a cardinal who gets the jitters after he is elected pope. Moretti, as previously announced, will play the papal psychiatrist. Pic is set for a January shoot […]

  • Kristen Bell Pandas

    Film News Roundup: Kristen Bell to Narrate 'Pandas' Documentary for Imax

    Italo multihyphenate Nanni Moretti has anointed Gallic superstar Michel Piccoli, 83, to play an angst-ridden contempo pontiff for his upcoming comedy “We Have a Pope.” Piccoli will play a cardinal who gets the jitters after he is elected pope. Moretti, as previously announced, will play the papal psychiatrist. Pic is set for a January shoot […]

  • Lupita Nyong'o Trevor Noah

    Lupita Nyong'o to Star in Trevor Noah Biopic 'Born a Crime'

    Italo multihyphenate Nanni Moretti has anointed Gallic superstar Michel Piccoli, 83, to play an angst-ridden contempo pontiff for his upcoming comedy “We Have a Pope.” Piccoli will play a cardinal who gets the jitters after he is elected pope. Moretti, as previously announced, will play the papal psychiatrist. Pic is set for a January shoot […]

  • Shape of Water

    'Shape of Water' Ripped Off 1969 Play, Lawsuit Alleges

    Italo multihyphenate Nanni Moretti has anointed Gallic superstar Michel Piccoli, 83, to play an angst-ridden contempo pontiff for his upcoming comedy “We Have a Pope.” Piccoli will play a cardinal who gets the jitters after he is elected pope. Moretti, as previously announced, will play the papal psychiatrist. Pic is set for a January shoot […]

  • 'A Wrinkle in Time' May Top

    Will 'A Wrinkle in Time' Be the Film That Dethrones 'Black Panther'?

    Italo multihyphenate Nanni Moretti has anointed Gallic superstar Michel Piccoli, 83, to play an angst-ridden contempo pontiff for his upcoming comedy “We Have a Pope.” Piccoli will play a cardinal who gets the jitters after he is elected pope. Moretti, as previously announced, will play the papal psychiatrist. Pic is set for a January shoot […]

  • 'Unsane' Review: Claire Foy Brings Grit

    Berlin Film Review: 'Unsane'

    Italo multihyphenate Nanni Moretti has anointed Gallic superstar Michel Piccoli, 83, to play an angst-ridden contempo pontiff for his upcoming comedy “We Have a Pope.” Piccoli will play a cardinal who gets the jitters after he is elected pope. Moretti, as previously announced, will play the papal psychiatrist. Pic is set for a January shoot […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content