Wolf Hall crew to reunite for BBC adaptation of Mantel’s The Mirror and the Light
First launched in 2015, the historic miniseries noticed Mark Rylance starring as Cromwell alongside Damian Lewis because the sinister King Henry VIII. The sequence, co-produced by PBS debuted to vital acclaim, incomes Rylance a Bafta.
While the sequence was based mostly on the primary two books of Mantel’s Thomas Cromwell trilogy (Booker Prize winner Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies), the late creator launched a 3rd instalment in 2020, titled The Mirror and the Light. The books of Mantel’s trilogy are thought-about by many to be among the biggest books of the twenty first century.
On Monday (20 November), the BBC introduced that Wolf Hall was returning to the screens for an adaptation of the ultimate e-book of Mantel’s sequence, 2020’s The Mirror and the Light. The information comes one yr after the creator died in September 2022, aged 70.
As with Mantel’s e-book, Wolf Hall: The Mirror and the Light picks up in May 1536, following the loss of life of Henry VIII’s second spouse Anne Boleyn by beheading. While Henry marries his third queen, Jane Seymour, Cromwell continues his climb to energy and wealth, conscious that no person is secure in a world the place the king will execute his personal spouse.
Meanwhile, Henry has turn out to be proud of Seymour however his regime can be going in the direction of “breaking point”. “The inevitable question remains: how long can anyone survive under Henry’s cruel and capricious gaze?” the sequence reads.
The sequence follows the ultimate 4 years of Cromwell’s life, with Rylance and Lewis returning as Cromwell and Henry VIII respectively. Jonathan Pryce, Kate Phillips and Lilit Lesser additionally among the many returning forged members. Filming is because of start quickly.
The inventive crew are additionally getting back from the primary sequence, with seven-time Bafta winner Peter Kosminsky again within the director’s chair. The script has been tailored by Oscar nominee Peter Straughan, with Colin Callender’s Playground and Company Pictures producing as soon as extra.
Kosminsky stated: “I’m overjoyed to be able to reunite the extraordinary cast we were lucky enough to assemble for Wolf Hall… We are all determined to complete what we started – and to honour the final novel written by one of the greatest literary figures of our age, Hilary Mantel.”
Before Mantel’s books had been tailored by the BBC, the Royal Shakespeare Company introduced them to the stage in 2013 for Wolf Hall Parts One and Two. The play later transferred to the West End and Broadway.
An adaptation of The Mirror and the Light adopted in 2021, one yr after the e-book’s launch.