Showtime's "The Vatican" books its first cast member

Just days after the Pope steps down

By Prachi Gupta

Published February 13, 2013 1:29PM (EST)

With eerie timing, Showtime's "The Vatican," a potential series about "spirituality, power and politics", has booked its first cast member. The Hollywood Reporter has learned that "Watchmen's" Matthew Goode will co-star in the pilot as Bernd Koch, the pope's right-hand man.

The show would be "set against the modern-day political machinations within the Catholic church," exploring the power structure and relationships within the inner circle at the Vatican.

Ridley Scott will direct the first episode.

Prachi Gupta

Prachi Gupta is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on pop culture. Follow her on Twitter at @prachigu or email her at

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