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The Vatican Thriller Will Star Ralph Fiennes, Stanley Tucci, And John Lithgow

An adaptation of Robert Harris' book Conclave, concerning the election of a pope, starring Ralph Fiennes, Stanley Tucci, and John Lithgow, is in the works.

In an adaptation of Robert Harris' book Conclave, Ralph Fiennes will play with an all-star ensemble that includes Stanley Tucci and John Lithgow. Conclave, first released in 2016, is set exclusively within the walls of The Vatican during the 72-hour conclave in which the cardinals must pick a new Pope. In the novel, Cardinal Lomeli, the dean of the College of Cardinals and the person in control of the Conclave, must preside over the gathering and balance the papabile's desires before the entrance of an unknown Cardinal throws a wrench in the works.

According to Variety, Fiennes will play Lomeli in the film version, with Lithgow as Cardinal Tremblay and Tucci as Cardinal Bellini. Isabella Rossellini will play Sister Agnes, while Edward Berger is engaged to direct. The script was created by British writer Peter Straughan, who also wrote Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy in 2011 and The Goldfinch in 2019.


Conclave should be an interesting thriller when it comes out, with this much creative ability at the helm and great source material as motivation. Much of this will be due to the outstanding cast, as Fiennes' performances in both No Time to Die and The King's Man were amazing to witness, while Tucci and Lithgow are perennial fan favorites. Tucci's performance in 2020's Supernova was one of his greatest, while Lithgow is set to feature in Martin Scorsese's next film Flowers of the Killer Moon. Conclave has no release date as of yet, but maybe more information will be given shortly.

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