Is the Netflix film The Two Popes based on a true story and when is the film out?

THE new movie tells the remarkable story of how two Popes came face-to-face for the first time in 600 years – but is it based on a true story?

Here's everything you need to know about the critically acclaimed film that will be coming to your screens in December…

Is the Netflix film The Two Popes based on a true story?

The Two Popes IS based on a true story.

It is a biographical drama that follows the exchanging of power between Pope Benedict and Cardinal Bergoglio, who would of course become Pope Francis as he is known today.

IMDb's synopsis for the film is as follows:

"Behind Vatican walls, the conservative Pope Benedict and the liberal future Pope Francis must find common ground to forge a new path for the Catholic Church."

When is The Two Popes out?

The Two Popes had its world premiere at the Telluride Film Festival on August 31, 2019.

In September 2019, the Toronto International Film Festival also screened the movie.

It will be shown on limited release in the USA on November 27, 2019 as well as in the UK on November 29, 2019.

But fret not, everyone can enjoy it come December 20, 2019, when it will be available to stream on Netflix.

Who is in the cast of The Two Popes?

  • Anthony Hopkins as Pope Benedict XVI
  • Jonathan Pryce as Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, the future Pope Francis
  • Sidney Cole as Cardinal Peter Turkson
  • Lisandro Fiks as Father Franz Jalics
  • Thomas D. Williams as American journalist.
  • Maria Ucedo as Esther Ballestrine
  • Emma Bonino as Herself

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What has critical response to the film been so far?

So far critical reaction to the movie has been favourable.

Variety declared it an "unexpected hit" at its world premiere at the Telluride Film Festival – with many heaping praise on Anthony Hopkins and Jonathan Pryce's respective performances.

While Rotten Tomatoes reviews have given the film an approval rating of 91%  and an average of 7.84/10.

Likewise Metacritic has given the film an average score of 83 out of 100, which signifies "universal acclaim."

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