Damien Lewis Returns to TV with Wolf Hall
Emmy-nominated actor Damian Lewis hasn’t really left television, but his exit on “Homeland” last season has the audience wondering if he’s ever going to be on TV again. The good news is, the actor is currently filming the period drama “Wolf Hall” for BBC Two in the United Kingdom. The series will subsequently air on PBS in the United States. The bad news is, viewers will have to wait until 2015 to watch this. Keep reading below for more about “Wolf Hall.”
Set during the 1500s, “Wolf Hall” is the television adaptation of a novel written by Hilary Mantel, which follows the rise of Thomas Cromwell, the son of a blacksmith who becomes the closest adviser of King Henry VIII. Mark Rylance (“The Government Inspector”) will play the role of Cromwell opposite Lewis’ King Henry VIII, while Claire Foy (“Little Dorrit”) will play Anne Boleyn, the king’s wife. The cast will also have Jonathan Pryce (“Cranford”).
“Wolf Hall” will be played out with six episodes, with Peter Straughan writing the adaptation for television. Straughan worked on the critically acclaimed movie “Tinker Tailer Soldier Spy.”
Peter Kosminsky, the award-winning director who also directed Rylance in “The Government Inspector,” will be helming the drama series, putting the Tudor court to life in the small screen.
“I would gladly take part in any film that Peter Kosminsky makes. His ability to grasp complex political situations and bring them to life on film seems particularly suited for this material. Myself aside, I feel he has cast Wolf Hall with a superb eye for character and all the nuanced humanity Ms Mantel’s masterpieces deserve,” said lead star Rylance in a press release published on Digital Spy.
The miniseries is currently filming in South West England, across different National Trust properties like the Wells Cathedral. Photos taken from behind the scenes have been posted on social media.
The show is co-produced by both BBC Two and Masterpiece on PBS and will be airing in January 2015. Keep posted about “Wolf Hall” as we bring you more updates about the series only here on Movie News Guide (MNG).