Get ready to bow down to Damian Lewis, as he’s ready to play an almighty king in PBS Masterpiece’s presentation of ‘Wolf Hall.’
As ‘Homeland’ fans know, Lewis recently bid the Showtime hit farewell after three seasons of portraying Nicholas Brody. Now, he’s ready to take on the role of King Henry VIII.
Adapted from Hilary Mantel’s Booker Prize-winning novel, the six-part miniseries is directed by BAFTA winner Peter Kosminsky (‘White Oleander), penned by Oscar nominee Peter Straughan (‘Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy’), and is a Company Pictures and Playground co-production for BBC Two and Masterpiece in association with BBC Worldwide.
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The project follows the meteoric rise of Thomas Cromwell (Mark Rylance, ‘The Other Boleyn Girl’) in the Tudor court, from his start as a blacksmith’s son to Henry VIII’s closest advisor.
‘Homeland’ fans are sure to be excited for Lewis’ new gig on the same network that houses ‘Downton Abbey’ here in the states. Funnily enough, after Lewis’ ‘Homeland’ departure, speculation commenced over whether he’d join the period drama, as he’s friends with creator Julian Fellowes. That has yet to happen, but never say never.
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Other ‘Wolf Hall’ cast members include Claire Foy (‘Little Dorrit’) as Anne Boleyn, Jonathan Pryce (‘Cranford’) as Cardinal Thomas Wolsey and Joanne Whalley (‘The Borgias’) as Henry’s first wife, Katherine of Aragon.
Filming is currently underway in the South West of England, with the hopes of a 2015 premiere.