The BBC have released the first trailer for the upcoming six-part drama Wolf Hall, featuring Damian Lewis of Homeland in the role of England’s most notorious king, Henry VIII.
Based on the bestselling series of novels by Hilary Mantel, Wolf Hall tells the story of the rise to power of Thomas Cromwell, the trusted advisor to Henry who was a key figure in the English Reformation but who suffered a downfall almost as rapid as his ascent. The first two novels in a planned trilogy, Wolf Hall and Bring Up The Bodies were published in 2009 and 2012 respectively; and in an unprecedented achievement, both won Mantel the prestigious Man Booker literary prize.
Alongside Lewis as the King, the lead role of Cromwell is played by Mark Rylance. Best known for his stage work — he’s a three-time Tony Award winner, and the former artistic director of Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London — he has experience with the life of Henry VIII onscreen, having played Thomas Boleyn in The Other Boleyn Girl in 2008. He’s also set to play the BFG in the upcoming adaptation of Roald Dahl‘s classic novel.
Wolf Hall will air on BBC2 in the U.K., and in the U.S. on PBS Masterpiece. Adapted by Peter Straughan (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy), the series also features Claire Foy (Upstairs Downstairs) as Anne Boleyn, along with Mark Gatiss (Sherlock), Jonathan Pryce (Brazil, Cranford) and Jessica Raine (Call the Midwife). Here’s the trailer:
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