After Jude Law starrer ‘The Young Pope’ aired on Sky Atlantic to a warm reception, a follow-up series, ‘The New Pope’, was announced.

Now, one year on from the confirmation of the series, the ball has gotten rolling on casting.

Jude Law, the titular character of ‘The Young Pope’ is returning to the series with the perfect co-star in tow – two-time Oscar nominee and loveable mad man John Malkovich.

Law will once again play the fictional first American pope, an outrageously conservative figurehead who seems hell-bent on turning the world of the Vatican upside down.

The cast of the 10-part series also included Diane Keaton, Silvio Orlando and James Cromwell.

The storyline for ‘The New Pope’, as well as details on Malkovich’s character, are being kept under wraps, but we do know that production on the series commences in November in Italy.

‘The New Pope’ is being penned by those behind ‘The Young Pope’ - Paolo Sorrentino, Umberto Contarello and Stefano Bises.

Law has a number of exciting projects on his slate now between ‘Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald’ later this year, ‘Captain Marvel’ in 2019 and ‘Sherlock Holmes 3’ in 2020.

Malkovich meanwhile is due to play Poirot in BBC One's 'The ABC Murders'. A first look at him in character was recently revealed.