Edward Berger’s Papal Thriller ‘Conclave’ Starring Ralph Fiennes Sets U.S. Release Date With Focus

March 08, 2024

Focus Features has solidified its release strategy for "Conclave," the gripping papal thriller directed by Edward Berger, known for his 2022 Oscar-winning film "All Quiet on the Western Front." Adapted from Robert Harris’ bestseller of the same name and written by Peter Straughan, the film is set to premiere in theaters in New York and Los Angeles on November 1st, with a wider release on the 8th.

As of now, November 1st sees only an unidentified title from Universal Pictures, while November 8th brings forth other anticipated releases such as Sony’s "Venom 3" and 20th’s action-packed thriller "The Amateur," starring Rami Malek.

"Conclave" delves into one of the most secretive and ancient events in the world – the selection of a new Pope. Cardinal Lawrence (portrayed by Fiennes) assumes the responsibility of overseeing this clandestine process following the sudden passing of the beloved Pope. As the Catholic Church's influential leaders assemble from across the globe and convene within the Vatican's confines, Lawrence becomes entangled in a web of conspiracy, uncovering a secret that could profoundly shake the very essence of The Church.

The star-studded cast includes Stanley Tucci, John Lithgow, Lucian Msamati, Brían F. O’Byrne, Carlos Diehz, Merab Ninidze, Sergio Castellitto, and Isabella Rossellini.

Produced by House Productions and FilmNation Entertainment, with co-financing from FilmNation and Indian Paintbrush, the film was developed by House Productions with support from Access Entertainment. The production team includes producers Tessa Ross, Juliette Howell, Michael A. Jackman, Robert Harris, and Alice Dawson, with executive producers Steven Rales, Glen Basner, Alison Cohen, Milan Popelka, Ben Browning, Len Blavatnik, Danny Cohen, Zoe Edwards, Harry Dixon, Paul Randle, Tomas Alfredson, Edward Berger, Ralph Fiennes, Peter Straughan, Robyn Slovo, Mario Gianani, and Lorenzo Gangarossa.

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