Pope Francis Biopic In the Works

Dario Grandinetti and Pope Francis
Courtesy of Filmsharks

Dario Grandinetti will play Jorge Bergoglio in an Argentine-Spanish co-production.

BUENOS AIRES — An Argentine-Spanish biopic of Pope Francis is in the works, based on Vatican correspondent Elisabetta Pique's biography Pope Francis: Life and Revolution: A Biography of Jorge Bergoglio.

Sales agent FilmSharks, who manages world rights for the project, made the announcement on Wednesday during the Ventana Sur film market in Buenos Aires.

Producer Pablo Bossi confirmed the film will be directed by Beda Docampo Feijoo (Camila) and will star Dario Grandinetti (Wild Tales) in the role of former Buenos Aires archbishop Jorge Bergoglio. The three met Pope Francis at the Vatican on Wednesday. The international cast includes Silvia Abascal, Jorge Marrale, Carlos Hipolito, Leonor Manso, Laura Novoa, and Leticia Bredice.

Ever since Francis was elected, several projects to make a film about Bergoglio's life have been boarded by Argentine helmer Alejandro Agresti, producer Christian Peschken, and Ridley Scott.

The shooting of Docampo Feijoo's film will kick off on January 12 in Buenos Aires and will later move to Madrid and Rome. The film's world premiere is scheduled for July 2015.

"We hope this film will transmit the admiration all of us feel for the coherence of a life based on austerity and charity, and that will inspire people," said Docampo Feijoo, who also wrote the script.

The plot will reportedly focus on Cardinal Bergoglio's life and work before he became the head of the Church. The story will involve a young Spanish journalist (Abascal) who meets Bergoglio at the 2005 conclave. The film will follow "Father Jorge" in his struggle against the abuses of the Argentine dictatorship, his social work in the slums and his fight against prostitution, slave work, drug trafficking and corruption. The end will re-create the backstage of the 2013 conclave that elected Bergoglio as Pope Francis.

The crew will also consist in a Spain-Argentine team formed by cinematographer Kiko de la Rica (Snow White), makeup artist Jose Quetglas (Pan's Labyrinth) and musician Federico Jusid (The Secret In Their Eyes)

Buena Vista International will distribute the film in Latin America and Spain.

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