Kyle Chandler to Play Cardinal in Vatican TV Drama

Clear eyes. Full hearts. And a crucifix.

Kyle Chandler, forever Coach Taylor of Friday Night Lights to some of us, just signed up to star in a pilot of a drama about the Vatican for Showtime.

TVline.com reports: 

The project, directed by Ridley Scott and penned by Paul Attanasio (House), promises a provocative contemporary genre thriller about spirituality, power and politics – set against the modern-day political machinations within the Catholic church.

Chandler will play Cardinal Thomas Duffy, the charismatic yet enigmatic Archbishop of New York whose progressive leanings excite some and alarm others within the hierarchy of the Church.

Additionally, Matthew Goode (A Single Man) and Sebastian Koch (A Good Day to Die Hard) have joined the cast as Papal Secretary Bernd Koch and Cardinal Marco Malerba, respectively.

Nothing controversial there. What could possibly go wrong?

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  • threesecondsearch

    For me Chandler will forever be the put-upon hero of “Early Edition”.
    I’d be surprised if any drama about the Vatican could be both realistic and compelling, despite Attanasio’s involvement. Too many worried network executives. E.g., could Chandler’s Archbishop character be involved in the pedophile coverup (however it may have pained him)? Impossible. If the scandal is even hinted at it will be in some distant forgotten past.
    Also remember, most things that are considered controversial about the Church are by no means considered controversial within the Church.


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