A director has been chosen for the Pope Francis biopic, but it remains to be seen who will play him on the silver screen. ©AFP PHOTO / POOL/ ALESSANDRO BIANCHI

A director has been chosen for the Pope Francis biopic, but it remains to be seen who will play him on the silver screen.
©AFP PHOTO / POOL/ ALESSANDRO BIANCHI

(Relaxnews) – Daniele Luchetti will helm the Spanish-language feature adapted from the book “Francisco: El Papa de la gente” (“Francis: The People’s Pope”), Variety reports.

Production on “Call Me Francesco” is slated to begin this summer in Argentina with Daniele Luchetti in the director’s chair. Producer Piero Valsecchi said the feature will be released around the Pope’s 78th birthday (December 17, 2014) or in January 2015 at the latest.

While details of the cast have not yet been determined, Valsecchi indicated that Pope Francis will be played by two famous Spanish-speaking actors, one in his thirties and one in his sixties. The biopic will be adapted from the bestselling book “Francisco: El Papa de la gente” (“Francis: The People’s Pope”) by the Argentinian journalist Evangelina Himitian.

A regular at the Cannes Film Festival, Daniele Luchetti was awarded the event’s prestigious Caméra d’Or in 1988 for “It’s Happening Tomorrow.” The Italian filmmaker was most recently in competition at the festival in 2010 with “La Nostra Vita,” for which Elio Germano won the best actor award.

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