Los Angeles: Jude Law will play the lead role in Italian Oscar-winning director Paolo Sorrentino's high-concept TV series 'The Young Pope'.

Jude Law
Jude Law. Pic/AFP

Jude Law will play Lenny Belardo, a hard-line conservative American pontiff recruited by a Vatican fed up with liberals, reports variety.com.

The series revolves around a fictional American pope who becomes the most conservative one the Vatican has ever seen.

Production on the eight-episode series is set to begin this summer and continue through early 2016. The show will film predominantly in Italy with additional locations including US, Africa and Puerto Rico.

All eight episodes will be directed by Paolo Sorrentino and are written by Paolo Sorrentino in collaboration with Grisoni, Umberto Contarello and Stefano Rulli.