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At 80 years old he has a career spanning more than five decades. Yet Sir Anthony Hopkins proved he has no plans to slow down as he threw himself into work filming a Netflix movie that will explore the relationship between Pope Benedict and Pope Francis. Donning papal robes as he made his way around the set in Rome on Wednesday, the legendary actor was transformed in his role as Pope Benedict XVI.In character as the Supreme Pontiff, Sir Anthony donned white robes and a large gold crucifix around his neck.  Whilst he did not wear the Pope’s cream zucchetto or Papal tiara, his white locks were styled in the same way as Pope Benedict. As Sir Anthony was seen leaving his trailer and making his way into a car on the set, the crew were running around with various props and costume changes.    The movie will tell the story of Pope Benedict’s election in 2005 following the passing of his predecessor John Paul II.According to Deadline Hollywood, who first reported the venture, the flick will also go on to detail ‘his subsequent resignation from the papacy. ‘That opened the door for Jorge Mario Bergoglio, the Argentinian Cardinal who became the first Jesuit pope, the first from the Americas and the first Pope from outside Europe since the 8th Century.’The drama conveys his reluctance to take the top post in 2013. His humility and devotion to the poor has made him a galvanising force for tolerance and change.’The project and its stars were announced in September of last year and began shooting in Argentina in November.The film is being directed by Fernando Meirelles, while the script has been written by Anthony McCarten.The Pope’s release date is yet to be confirmed.  Meanwhile, Anthony will also be starring in the TV movie King Lear this yearAnthony was confirmed to be playing Shakespeare’s famous character back in June, in the new BBC adaptation directed by Richard Eyre.He is considered to be one of the greatest actors in Hollywood, and is best known for his Oscar-winning role in Silence of The Lambs.


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