It’s been awhile since April 2015 when American audiences were introduced to the brilliant Wolf Hall on PBS. An adaptation of two of Hilary Mantel’s Booker Prize-winning novels, Wolf Hall (2009) and Bring Up the Bodies (2012), the 6-part Tudor drama documented the rapid rise to power of Thomas Cromwell (Mark Rylance) in the court of Henry VIII (Damian Lewis) through to the death of Sir Thomas More (Anton Lesser), followed by Cromwell’s success in freeing the king of his marriage to Anne Boleyn (Claire Foy).
Nominated for 8 Primetime Emmy Awards, winner of 2 BAFTA Awards for Best Drama Series and Best Actor (Mark Rylance) and winner of the Golden Globe for Best Mini-series or Television Film, Wolf Hall was somewhat in limbo until author Hilary Mantel could crank out the third and final novel of the trilogy, “The Mirror and the Light” which is set for a March 5, 2020 publish date.
“The Mirror and the Light” is expected to cover the last few years of Cromwell’s life, from Anne Boleyn’s death to his own execution in 1540 but the BBC’s Director of Content Charlotte Moore was unable to confirm if Oscar-winning actor Rylance would return to the role of Thomas Cromwell for the final chapter.
Just in case you have forgotten about the brilliance of the first series of Wolf Hall….
While there is still 9 months to go before Mantel closes the book on the life of Thomas Cromwell, there’s no word yet as to when audiences might see the television adaptation. That said, at least there is light at the end of the Wolf Hall tunnel….stay tuned!