Kyle Chandler

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Friday Night Lights' beloved leading man Kyle Chandler is ready to make his return to TV as the star of Showtime's pilot The Vatican, which will be directed by Ridley Scott, the network announced on Friday. 

The Vatican is described as a provocative contemporary genre thriller about spirituality, power and politicsset against modern-day political machinations within the Catholic Church. Chandler will take on the role of Cardinal Thomas Duffy, the charismatic yet enigmatic Archbishop of New York, whose progressive leanings excite some and alarm others within the hierarchy of the Catholic Church.

"Kyle Chandler is one of the most talented and sought-after actors working today," Showtime president David Nevins, who was an executive producer on Friday Night Lights, said in statement"With Kyle, Matthew Goode and Sebastian Koch, Ridley and Paul have put together a powerhouse cast to anchor this incredibly timely show."

Starring alongside the Emmy-winning Chandler are A Single Man's Matthew Goode and A Good Day to Die Hard's Sebastian Koch as Papal Secretary Bernd Koch and Cardinal Marco Malerba, respectively.

Since hanging up his FNL coaching hat, Chandler has costarred in several high-profile films, including Argo and Zero Dark Thirty, which are both nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars this year.

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