Published: Wednesday February 5, 2014 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Wednesday February 5, 2014 MYT 9:07:25 AM

Damian Lewis to play Henry VIII

Old King Henry Damian Lewis. - AFP

Old King Henry Damian Lewis. - AFP

Role in miniseries Wolf Hall, based on Hilary Mantel’s historical novel trilogy.

HOMELAND star Damian Lewis will play Henry VIII in the miniseries Wolf Hall, a six-part miniseries based on Hilary Mantel’s historical novel trilogy, Variety reports.

It's good to be the king ... Homeland's Damian Lewis is set to play Henry VIII in the upcoming miniseries Wolf Hall. - AFP
It’s good to be the king ... Homeland’s Damian Lewis is set to play Henry VIII in the upcoming miniseries Wolf Hall. — AFP

Wolf Hall will focus on Thomas Cromwell, Henry VIII’s powerful counsellor, who played an essential role in bringing about the English Reformation of the 16th century.

British actor Mark Rylance (The Other Boleyn Girl) will portray Cromwell, described in Mantel’s novels as manipulative and opportunistic.

After playing a US Marine accused of terrorism in Homeland, Lewis is also slated to appear in Werner Herzog’s Queen Of The Desert alongside Nicole Kidman, James Franco and Robert Pattinson.

The title Wolf Hall comes from the first book in Mantel’s trilogy, which explores Thomas Cromwell’s formative years and political ascension.

The miniseries will also draw on material from the second book, Bring Up The Bodies, published in 2012, and from the forthcoming third book, The Mirror And The Light.

The miniseries is slated to air on BBC in Britain and on PBS in the United States. — AFP Relaxnews

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