BBC Two have announced the cast of their epic medieval drama Wolf Hall. Fresh from his turn in Homeland, Damian Lewis will play King Henry VIII opposite Mark Rylance as Thomas Cromwell.
The drama, which is adapted from novels of Hilary Mantel, will chart the meteoric rise of Cromwell in the Tudor court, from his lowly start as the son of blacksmith to becoming the closest advisor to Henry VIII.
Starring alongside Rylance and Lewis will be Claire Foy who will play the ambitious Anne Boleyn and Jonathan Pryce as the powerful Cardinal Wolsey. Joanne Whalley is set to star as Henry’s first wife Katherine of Aragon whilst Anton Lesser will portray Thomas More.
Sherlock’s Mark Gattiss, Call the Midwife’s Jessica Raine, Game of Thrones’ Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Bernard Hill and Saskia Reeves will also star in the historical epic.
The drama will be directed by BAFTA winner Peter Kosminsky and written by Oscar nominee Peter Straughan.
Of the drama Mark Rylance says, “I love it when an author, such as Hilary Mantel, does her research and discovers an original understanding of a very familiar piece of history. Even during our rehearsals her detailed imagination of the world of Thomas Cromwell is alive in Peter Straughan’s ingenious and faithful adaptation. I have to say, after my experience on The Government Inspector, 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.”
Wolf Hall will air on BBC Two in 2015