Christopher Plummer has been cast as Cardinal Bernard Law in Our Fathers, a TV film about the Catholic Church’s sexual abuse scandal in the US.
Plummer will bring “authority, humanity, and an appropriately chilling detachment” to the part, said Robert Greenblatt, Showtime Networks’ entertainment president.
Law resigned as archbishop of Boston while under fire for mishandling abuse cases.
One recently-released study found there had been more than 10,000 abuse claims against nearly 4,400 priests from 1950 to 2002.
Plummer, 74, who is playing King Lear on Broadway, has had a varied career in films, stage and TV and is the winner of Tony and Emmy awards. His films include The Sound of Music.