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Tuesday 5 December 2023

Further casting for Wolf Hall: The Mirror and the Light

The BBC and MASTERPIECE PBS have revealed additional casting details for "Wolf Hall: The Mirror and the Light," the television adaptation of Hilary Mantel's acclaimed trilogy's final novel. The six-part series, currently in production across England and Wales, will feature returning stars Mark Rylance, Damian Lewis, Jonathan Pryce, Kate Phillips, and Lilit Lesser.

New cast members joining the production include Harriet Walter, Timothy Spall, Harry Melling, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Joss Porter, James Larkin, Richard Dillane, Will Keen, Hannah Steele, Alex Jennings, Maisie Richardson-Sellers, Lydia Leonard, Charlie Rowe, Corentin Fila, Tom Mothersdale, Karim Kadjar, Lucy Russell, Will Tudor, Viola Prettejohn, Thomas Arnold, Jordan Kouamé, Agnes O'Casey, Cecilia Appiah, Ellie de Lange, Hubert Burton, Pip Carter, Josef Altin, Sarah Priddy, Hannah Khalique-Brown, Amir El-Masry, German Segal, Summer Richards, and Dana Herfurth.

Directed by Peter Kosminsky, who won seven BAFTA awards, the series reunites the creative team from the first series, including Academy Award nominee Peter Straughan as the adapter and producers Colin Callender (Playground) and Company Pictures.

The narrative of "Wolf Hall: The Mirror and the Light" picks up in May 1536, with Anne Boleyn's execution. Thomas Cromwell, played by Mark Rylance, continues his ascent in power while navigating the complex political landscape. The series explores Cromwell's desire to do what is right while surviving in a turbulent time, marked by rebellion, treason, and the capricious gaze of King Henry VIII.

The final four years of Cromwell's life, depicted in the series, showcase his evolution from a self-made man to a formidable figure influencing the course of England's history. The series promises a captivating exploration of Cromwell's complexities as a politician, fixer, diplomat, and father.

"Wolf Hall: The Mirror and the Light" (6x60') is a co-production between Playground and Company Pictures for the BBC and MASTERPIECE. The series will be distributed internationally by Banijay Rights. The executive producers include Colin Callender, Noëlette Buckley, Peter Kosminsky, Lucy Richer, and Susanne Simpson.

The anticipated series is set to air on BBC One and iPlayer in the UK, with further details to be announced. The first series is available on BBC iPlayer in the UK and on the PBS MASTERPIECE Prime Video Channel in the US.

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