Jude Law spotted in SA
Hollywood star Jude Law slipped into South Africa this week to shoot a television series called The Young Pope, in which he plays the “complex and conflicted” character Pope Pius XIII.
Law ditched his preppy suits for a white papal robe, pectoral cross and skull cap, updating his look with a pair of Ray-Ban Wayfarer sunglasses between shoots in the Mother City. He also wore cherry red loafers and a tasselled sash around his waist. The 42-year-old actor arrived in Cape Town on Monday, where it is believed he stayed at the five-star Mount Nelson hotel in the city centre.
Filming on the eight-part series started on Tuesday under Italian director and screenwriter Paolo Sorrentino, whose 2013 movie The Great Beauty won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film last year. Actress Diane Keaton stars as Sister Mary, an American nun living in Vatican City. A film crew member, who spoke to City Press on condition of anonymity, said Law’s considerable production entourage in Cape Town included an Italian dialect coach.
Pamela Dawson of Cape Town casting company The Go 2 Guy confirmed that they supplied local extras who joined Law on set this week.
At the Rome Film Festival in October, Law revealed some details about the series, which will be released on Sky, HBO and Canal+ next year.
“I mentioned to everyone that I would love to work with this man [Sorrentino]. So I had this script sent to me ... I’ve been here since August, filming mostly in and around the centre of Rome. It is going very well,” he told Hollywood Reporter. He said the robe was slightly uncomfortable. “I can only sit on a very uncomfortable stool because they do not want my papal robes to get creased. I have to hitch them up and put them over the stool and perch. So once I put the robes on, I usually spend the day, 14 hours, whatever, unable to sit. So I look great, but I’m very uncomfortable.”
Filming was done mostly in Italy with a few final scenes being shot in Cape Town this week.