O’Toole Joins Showtime’s Tudors

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Peter O’Toole will follow his Oscar-nominated role in Venus by playing Pope Paul III on Showtime’s “The Tudors.”

The actor has booked a seven-episode arc on the second season of the cable channel’s new success story. He’ll film his episodes later this year for broadcast next spring.

The season two storyline promises to pit O’Toole’s pontiff against Jonathan Rhys Meyers’ Henry VIII. The series will follow the historic showdown between the two men.

Keith Carradine is also joining Showtime’s “Dexter” as a series regular.

He’ll play an FBI agent who comes to investigate a series of murders that turn out to be the work of the show’s title character (Michael C. Hall). He’ll end up romantically involved with Dexter’s sister (Jennifer Carpenter).