Wolf Hall: The Mirror and the Light

Wolf Hall: The Mirror and the Light new pictures mark end of filming

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The BBC has released some first-look pictures as Wolf Hall: The Mirror and the Light finishes filing — we take a look

Filming has completed for the adaptation of the final novel in Hilary Mantel’s multi award-winning trilogy. To mark this, the BBC has released a host of first-look pictures — the picture above shows (L-R Mark Rylance as Thomas Cromwell, Kate Phillips as Jane Seymour, and Damian Lewis as King Henry VIII.

Other new pictures show Lilit Lesser as Princess Mary, Jonathan Pryce as Cardinal Wolsey, Harriet Walter as Lady Margaret Pole, Harry Melling as Thomas Wriothesley, Thomas Brodie-Sangster as Rafe Sadler, Timothy Spall as the Duke of Norfolk, Alex Jennings as Stephen Gardiner and Charlie Rowe as Gregory Cromwell.

What’s Wolf Hall: The Mirror and the Light about?

There’s extensive scene-setting for those who haven’t read the book, or whose Tudor history needs a refresh:

May, 1536. Anne Boleyn, Henry’s second wife, is dead. As the axe drops, Thomas Cromwell emerges from the bloodbath to continue his climb to power and wealth, while his formidable master, Henry, settles to short-lived happiness with his third queen, Jane Seymour.

Cromwell, a man with only his wits to rely on, has no great family to back him, and no private army. Navigating the moral complexities that accompany the exercise of power in this brutal and bloody time, Cromwell is caught between his desire to do what is right and his instinct to survive. But in the wake of Henry VIII having executed his queen, no one is safe.

Despite rebellion at home, traitors plotting abroad and the threat of invasion testing Henry’s regime to breaking point, Cromwell’s robust imagination sees a new country in the mirror of the future. All of England lies at his feet, ripe for innovation and religious reform. But as fortune’s wheel turns, Cromwell’s enemies are gathering in the shadows.

The inevitable question remains: how long can anyone survive under Henry’s cruel and capricious gaze?

There are plenty more pictures in the BBC article linked above, including:

Wolf Hall: The Mirror and the Light cast composite
(L-R) Timothy Spall, Alex Jennings, Harriet Walter, Thomas Brodie-Sangster

Wolf Hall: The Mirror and the Light will trace the final four years of Cromwell’s life, completing his journey from self-made man to the most feared, influential figure of his time. Cromwell is as complex as he is unforgettable: a politician and a fixer, a diplomat and a father, a man who both defied and defined his age.