BBC Two and PBS’s Masterpiece Announce ‘Wolf Hall’

Wolf Hall

BBC Two and PBS’ Masterpiece have teamed up for a six-part serial adaptation of novelist Hilary Mantel’s series Wolf Hall. Director Peter Kosminsky is set to shepherd the project that will follow the trilogy’s lead character Thomas Cromwell, a poor blacksmith’s son who climbs the political ladder to the prestigious position of King Henry VIII’s closest adviser.

“I am absolutely thrilled to have the chance to work with Peter Straughan and Company Pictures/Playground Entertainment on such an exciting, challenging and rewarding project for the BBC and Masterpiece on PBS,” Peter Kosminsky shared. Peter’s achievement in distilling almost 1000 pages of stunning prose into six taut, compelling episodes is extraordinary. It will be a joy to have the chance to work with Mark Rylance again as he brings to life one of recent fiction’s most complex and compelling characters.”

‘Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy’s scrennwriter Peter Straughan will pen the script with actor Mark Rylance (The Government Inspector, Days and Nights) set to take the lead role.

“Peter Straughan’s scripts are a miracle of elegant compression, and I believe that with such a strong team the original material can only be enhanced,” Hilary Mantel stated.

Filming on ‘Wolf Hall’ is scheduled to kick off in the Spring of 2014. The mini-series is slated to make its debut in 2015. Additional cast details are on the way.