Quick News: Pope, Weapon, Strays, Fall, Dolittle

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The New Pope
HBO has set a January 13th premiere date for its upcoming Paolo Sorrentino-helmed series “The New Pope” starring Jude Law and John Malkovich. A sequel to 2017’s “The Young Pope,” Jude Law’s Lenny Belardo (aka Pope Pius XIII) is in a coma and so the charming and sophisticated moderate English aristocrat Sir John Brannox (John Malkovich) is placed on the papal throne – adopting the name John Paul III. [Source: The Wrap]

The Perfect Weapon
HBO has begun production of “The Perfect Weapon,” a documentary about the rise of cyber warfare between countries and based on David E. Sanger’s book of the same name. The cyber conflict is reportedly now the primary way nations compete and sabotage each other with fear mounting about potential cyber-attacks on the U.S. 2020 election. John Maggio will direct and executive produce the work which interviews top military and intelligence officials. [Source: Variety]

The Strays
“Babyteeth” director Shannon Murphy will helm an Australia-U.K television adaptation of the prize-winning dramatic novel “The Strays”. Beatrix Christian (“Picnic at Hanging Rock”) is set as the lead writer of the six-part series which explores what happens when a violent act lost in the past of a subversive group of artists is linked to the death of a young woman in the present day. One of those involved must decide whether to expose a now-influential member of the establishment in order to prevent further tragedy. [Source: Variety]

The Fall
After a six-year break from filmmaking, “Sexy Beast” and “Under the Skin” director Jonathan Glazer returns with a dialogue-free seven-minute short titled “The Fall” which A24 has released online at TheFall.Film. Glazer’s next feature-length effort, a holocaust drama, will debut in 2020.

Universal Pictures has released a series of character posters for “Doctor Dolittle,” the Robert Downey Jr.-led comedy-adventure take on the story of a man who can talk to the animals. The voice cast includes Tom Holland as Jip the dog, John Cena as Joshi the polar bear, Craig Robinson as Kevin the squirrel, Marion Cotillard as Tutu the fox, Selena Gomez as Betsy the giraffe, Octavia Spencer as Dab-Dab the duck, Ralph Fiennes as Barry the tiger, Rami Malek as Chi-Chi the gorilla, Kumail Nanjiani as Plimpton the ostrich, and Emma Thompson as Polly the parrot. “Dolittle” opens January 17th.