BBC's 'Wolf Hall' lands Mark Rylance


The British Broadcasting Corporation is preparing to adapt for TV two books by a controversial author.

The author, Hilary Mantel, has been in the tabloids recently for her views on the Duchess of Cambridge and how the Duchess fits into British society (spoiler alert: she is not a fan, as she called Kate a "shop-window mannequin" whose only purpose was to breed). Hell of a way to advertise, isn't it?

Now comes the news that Mark Rylance will be starring in the adaptation of "Wolf Hall" and "Bring up the Bodies" as Thomas Cromwell, the adviser to Henry VIII who played a role in his rise and subsequent fall.

Rylance is well regarded in the United Kingdom and has been working on a new play in Minneapolis called Nice Fish. Later this year he was scheduled to return to London to direct Vanessa Redgrave and James Earl Jones in Much Ado About Nothing in the Old Vic.

These books have been very well regarded in the United Kingdom, with each winning the Booker Literary Award - making her the first woman to win the award twice. These books are part of a planned Cromwell trilogy, with the third, "Mirror and the Light," to be released sometime in the future.

No word yet on when the adaptation will begin. Peter Straughnan will be adapting them into a six-part series that will air on BBC Two (and likely on HBO stateside, as they are collaborating in the project).

Mantel made history as being the first woman to win the Booker literary nod twice when Bring Up The Bodies triumphed in 2012 after her 2009 success with Wolf Hall.

Scribe Peter Straughan is adapting the books for a six-part series on BBC Two in partnership with HBO.



- BBC one
- Mark Rylance

Written by: Hamatosan
Mar 8th, 2013, 1:50 pm

Images courtesy of BBC Two.

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