One of the stars of the Showtime series "Homeland" will play a big part in an upcoming miniseries. The Hollywood Reporter's Live Feed reports that Damian Lewis, who received an Emmy for his performance as "Homeland's" Sgt. Nicholas Brody, will star opposite Mark Rylance in "Wolf Hall," which will run in the U.S. on PBS's "Masterpiece."
The project is based on historical novels by Hilary Mantel. "Lewis is set to play Henry VIII, with Rylance on board as Thomas Cromwell in the six-part miniseries being written by Oscar nominee Peter Straughan ('Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy')," the story reports.
The report notes: "The project, being directed by Peter Kosminsky ('White Oleander'), will chart the meteoric rise of Cromwell in the Tudor court, from his lowly start as a blacksmith's son to Henry VIII's closest advisor. Rounding out the cast is Claire Foy ('Little Dorrit'), who will play the calculating and ambitious Anne Boleyn, along with Jonathan Pryce ('Cranford') as the ostentatious and powerful Cardinal Thomas Wolsey, Joanne Whalley ('The Borgias') as Henry's first wife Katherine of Aragon and Mark Gatiss ('Sherlock') as the haughty Stephen Gardiner, Secretary to the King, among others."
The miniseries comes from Company Pictures ("Shameless") and Colin Callender's Playground ("Dracula"), and is being co-produced for BBC Two and Masterpiece in association with BBC Worldwide.