Pope Joan is an upcoming British-German medieval epic film produced by Bernd Eichinger, based on American novelist Donna Woolfolk Cross’ book of the same name.
Directed by Sönke Wortmann, it stars Johanna Wokalek as Pope Joan, David Wenham as Gerold, her lover, and John Goodman as Pope Sergius. Originally, Franka Potente was cast as Johanna von Ingelheim, the titular role, but was replaced by Wokalek in May 2008. Principal shooting was finished in 2008 in Germany and Morocco.
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.
* David Wenham – Gerold
* John Goodman – Pope Sergius
* Iain Glen – Village Priest
* Johanna Wokalek – Johanna von Ingelheim
* Anatole Taubman – Anastasius
* Oliver Cotton – Arsenius
* Suzanne Bertish – Bishop Arnaldo
* Nicholas Woodeson – Arighis
* Edward Petherbridge – Aesculapius
* Branko Tomovic – Paschal
* Claudia Michelsen – Richilde
* Gerald Alexander Held – Lothar