First look at Anthony Hopkins and Jonathan Pryce in the trailer for Netflix's 'The Two Popes'

Ben Arnold

The first trailer for new Netflix drama The Two Popes has arrived, with Sir Anthony Hopkins and Jonathan Pryce transformed into Pope Benedict XVI and Jorge Mario Bergoglio, who would become Pope Francis.

Helmed by City of God director Fernando Meirelles, the movie is set to premiere tomorrow night at the Telluride Film Festival in Colorado.

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Penned by Anthony McCarten, who wrote biopics The Darkest Hour and The Theory of Everything, it documents a pivotal moment in the history of the Catholic church.

The Two Popes (Credit: Netflix)

So goes the official synopsis:

“Frustrated with the direction of the church, Cardinal Bergoglio (Jonathan Pryce) requests permission to retire in 2012 from Pope Benedict (Anthony 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.”

A story of the remarkable transition of power then begins.

The movie will hit cinemas in November before streaming on Netflix from December 20.