Saturday, July 4, 2009

At Last...Pope Joan the Movie!

Director: Sönke Wortmann
Writers: Donna Woolfolk Cross (novel) Heinrich Hadding (screenplay)
Contact: View company contact information for Pope Joan on IMDbPro.
Release Date: 29 October 2009 (Germany)
Status: Post-production
Genre: Drama | History more
Plot: A 9th century woman of English extraction born in the German city of Ingelheim disguises herself as a man and rises through the Vatican ranks.
After a couple of problems and some cast changes, it seems that Pope Joan, the movie adaptation of Donna Woolfolk Cross’ bestseller about a female pope in the middle ages, is finally reaching its filming stage with the first scenes being shot next month in Morocco and Germany. Among its stars, are John Goodman, who was originally attached to the project just to drop out to do something else and finally coming back again; Johanna Wokalek, who replaced Franke Potente in the lead role; and David Wenham. The original director, Volker Schlondorff, was also replaced by Sonke Wortmann, but it seems that now those troubles are over and everything is in place to make a good period movie. At least we’re hopeful!

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