Thomas Cromwell Returns to TV with an Adaptation of Hilary Mantel's Final 'Wolf Hall' Novel
November 20, 2023
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A stellar cast is reuniting for an adaptation of the final book of the late Hilary Mantel's acclaimed Wolf Hall trilogy. Wolf Hall: The Mirror and the Light will begin filming soon, with Mark Rylance back as the cunning and complex Thomas Cromwell, Damian Lewis returning as King Henry VIII, Jonathan Pryce as Cardinal Wolsey, Kate Phillips as Jane Seymour, and Lilit Lesser as Princess Mary.
The Wolf Hall trilogy follows the rise and fall of Cromwell, an advisor to Henry VIII who helped engineer Henry's annulment to Catherine of Aragon so that the king could marry Anne Boleyn. The first two novels, Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies, were adapted for television in 2015 and aired on WTTW and PBS. It won a BAFTA for Best Drama Series, while Rylance won for Best Actor.
The Mirror and the Light was released years after the other two books, and was the only one not to receive the prestigious Booker Prize (it was longlisted). It begins after the execution of Anne Boleyn and charts Cromwell's descent from the peak of his influence to his own execution. It was the last novel published by Mantel, who died in 2022.
There's no word yet on when it will air.