Thursday, June 30, 2005

Pope John Paul II

Ian Holm will play Pope John Paul II in the upcoming CBS biopic about the late pontiff, reports Variety. The four-hour miniseries is on track for a debut as early as November.

Holm ("The Lord of the Rings" trilogy) will portray the elder Karol Wojtyla, starting with his election to the papacy; a younger Wojtyla has yet to be cast.

Some second unit footage as already been shot, with full lensing set to begin late next month in Italy and Poland.

Tentatively titled Pope John Paul II will follow the life of the man who would be pope from his days as a high school student in Poland through his death earlier this year. Historians for the Vatican have supervised the script and exclusive access has been granted to St. Peter's Square and its surroundings.

Holm's recent credits include The Aviator, Garden State and The Day After Tomorrow.

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