Why Americans Will Fall For Wolf Hall, And The Latest Complicated Hero, Thomas Cromwell

April 3, 2015 10:20 AM

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It has a Booker Prize winner in novelist Hilary Mantel, an Academy Award nominated screenwriter in Peter Straughan, a Tony- and Olivier-laden leading man in Mark Rylance and the BAFTA-winning TV director, Peter Kosminsky. But make no mistake about it—the TV adaptation of Wolf Hall, set to hit U.S. screens on Sunday April 5, is producer Colin Callender’s baby.

The six-part dramatization of Mantel’s novels, Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies tells the story of Thomas Cromwell (Rylance), lawyer and consigliere to Henry VIII, (played by Emmy-winning Homeland star Damien Lewis) at the time of the king's struggle to divorce Catherine of Aragon in order to marry...

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