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Damian Lewis to star in PBS’ ‘Wolf Hall’ as King Henry VIII

By Daniel S Levine,

Homeland Emmy nominee Damian Lewis has been cast in Wolf Hall, a new BBC and PBS miniseries that focuses on the relationship between Oliver Cromwell and King Henry VIII. The story is adapted from Hilary Mantel’s Booker Prize-winning novels.

Lewis has been cast as Henry VIII and will star opposite Mark Rylance, who plays Cromwell, PBS said Thursday.

Wolf Hall will air as part of the Masterpiece series on PBS. It will be produced by Company Pictures and Playground with BBC Worldwide. It will air on BBC Two in the U.K.

Peter Kosminsky (White Oleander) has been tapped to direct the six-part miniseries, which focuses on Cromwell’s rise in the Tudor court to becoming Henry VIII’s trusted advisor. Peter Straughan (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy) wrote the script.

The rest of the cast is filled with major actors, including Jonathan Pryce as Cardinal Thomas Wolsey and Claire Foy as Anne Boleyn. Joanne Whalley, Mark Gatiss, Anton Lesser and Mathieu Amalric also star.

Filming on Wolf Hall already started in southwest England.

Lewis is coming off of his Emmy nominated run as Brody on Showtime’s Homeland. His other credits include Life, Band of Brothers and The Escapist.

 

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