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The first image of Sir Anthony Hopkins and Jonathan Pryce in The Two Popes has been released, and it’s definitely intriguing.

The upcoming movie is “inspired by” real events, distributor Netflix has said. Hopkins stars as Pope Benedict and Pryce co-stars as Cardinal Bergoglio, a man he doesn’t exactly see eye-to-eye with. In the first look photo, the two Roman Catholic leaders are captured in what looks like a conspiratorial moment.

Netflix’s official plot synopsis teases: “Frustrated with the direction of the church, Cardinal Bergoglio (Pryce) requests permission to retire in 2012 from Pope Benedict (Hopkins). Instead, facing scandal and self-doubt, the introspective Pope Benedict summons his harshest critic and future successor to Rome to reveal a secret that would shake the foundations of the Catholic Church.

“Behind Vatican walls, a struggle commences between both tradition and progress, guilt and forgiveness, as these two very different men confront their pasts in order to find common ground and forge a future for a billion followers around the world.”

Alongside its two leads, the movie has behind-the-camera pedigree, too. The screenplay is written by three-time Academy Award nominee Anthony McCarten (Darkest Hour, Bohemian Rhapsody, The Theory of Everything), and Fernando Meirelles (The Constant Gardener, City of God) directs.

The Two Popes‘ release date hasn’t been announced yet, but Netflix shared the first look image ahead of its premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in early September, so hopefully it won’t be too long.

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By Nick Levine