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Prize-Winning Novel to Get PBS 'Masterpiece' Treatment NY Times

PBS's "Masterpiece" will air a miniseries based on a prize-winning novel and its sequel. The New York Times' Arts Beat reports that "Wolf Hall," the Booker Prize winner about Thomas Cromwell, and its sequel "Bring Up the Bodies" will get the "Masterpiece" treatment.

The costume drama will star Mark Rylance as Thomas Cromwell, who rose in the Tudor court and became a powerful minister to Henry VIII.

The drama will start filming next spring for a 2015 broadcast, and will be directed by Peter Kosminsky, who helmed the movie "White Oleander."

“Only an enormously gifted actor like Mark Rylance could do justice to Hilary Mantel’s nuanced characterization of Thomas Cromwell. I have no doubt that our PBS viewers will be dazzled by his performance in ‘Wolf Hall,’” said Rebecca Eaton, the "Masterpiece" executive producer.

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