The Heartthrob and the Pope: Antonio Banderas to Play Role of Pope Francis

News out of Spain, courtesy of Religion News Service:

A new feature film on the life of Pope Francis is being planned.  The $12 million biopic “Call Me Francesco” will be filmed in Spanish, and will be directed by Italian director Daniele Luchetti, who has made some of Italy’s highest-grossing movies.  The movie will be filmed in various locations including Italy and Argentina.

And one name being considered for the title role is sexy Spanish superstar Antonio Banderas.

Religion News Service explains:

The film is based on the best-selling book “Francisco: El Papa de la gente” (or “Francis: The people’s pope”) by Evangelina Himitian, a journalist with the Buenos Aires newspaper La Nacion.

Casting is still being finalized but pre-production is well underway, the company spokeswoman said.