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Pope Francis is a man of firsts: the first Jesuit pope, the first from the Southern Hemisphere, the first non-European, the first to be in a selfie, and the first to utilize Twitter, among other things. And all this while only being in power since March. So it's perhaps only fitting that the Holy Father will already get his own biopic, to be filmed in his native Argentina. Alejandro Agresti (The Lake House) is set to direct Historia de un cura (A Priest's Tale), which will follow the man born Jorge Mario Bergoglio from childhood to the papacy.


The film will likely star The Motorcycle Diaries' Rodrigo de la Serna as Bergoglio, though he's yet to confirm the role, saying only that he's considering the proposal and wants to be certain before deciding. A Priest's Tale won't be a typical, linear biopic, as Agresti tells Variety that it will be told through flashbacks and flash-forwards, as Bergoglio journeys to Rome for the papal conclave following Pope Benedict XVI's resignation. It will also focus more on Bergoglio as a person than as the pope.

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