Ralph Fiennes Signed Up To Lead Conspiracy Thriller conclave, with John Lithgow, Stanley Tucci and Isabella Rossellini also joining the cast and Edward Berger at the helm. FilmNation Entertainment will launch international sales at the upcoming Cannes Market and will acquire the US rights together with CAA Media Finance.
The film, from Tessa Ross’ House Productions and FilmNation, is written by Peter Straughan and based on the Robert Harris novel of the same name. It was developed with the support of Access Entertainment.
After the Pope’s death, the reluctant Cardinal Lomeli is given the task of overseeing the group of cardinals from around the world responsible for selecting a new leader for the Church. But as political machinations in the Vatican intensify, he realizes that the late pope had been keeping a secret from them that he must discover before a new pope is elected.
Fiennes will play Cardinal Lomeli, Lithgow will play Cardinal Tremblay, Tucci will play Cardinal Bellini and Rossellini will play Sister Agnes.
†conclave is already surrounded by exceptional artists, and we can’t wait for them to bring the brilliant story of Robert Harris to life on screen,” said Ashley Fox, FilmNation’s production president.
“With Peter Straughan’s sharp and elegant screenplay, Edward Berger and his amazing cast will create a thriller we’ve never seen before. We’re also excited to be working with House on the film, given Tessa’s long track record of outstanding storytelling.”
Berger is represented by Casarotto Ramsay and Associates, ICM, Anonymous Content and Range Meida Partners; Fiennes by CAA, Dalzell and Beresford Ltd and attorney Jason Sloane; Lithgow by UTA, anonymous content, point of view and Hansen, Jacobson, Teller, Hoberman, Newman, Warren, Richman, Rush, Kaller & Gellman; Tucci by CAA, Curtis Brown and Anonymous Content; and Rossellini is represented by United Talent. Desk. Straughan is Casarotto Ramsay and Associates and CAA.