Watch Damian Lewis as Henry VIII in 'Wolf Hall' Trailer

Damian Lewis as Nicholas Brody
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Lewis on his character Nicholas Brody: "Brody is more knowingly living this duplicitous life this season. And it’s a world of anxiety, paranoia and uncertainty because the rug is always being pulled out from under him. There are enough people who know what transpired or nearly transpired last year, and that’s his problem.”

From Brody to a Tudor king in one seamless move

The new trailer for the BBC's Wolf Hall gives us a glimpse of Damian Lewis' next big television role, and it couldn't be any more different. 

The former Homeland star takes on the role of the Tudor monarch, depicting him in his younger, slimmer days rather than as the rotund king of popular imagination. (He's also the king that married six times, in case you were wondering). 

Wolf Hall follows the rise of Thomas Cromwell (Mark Rylance) from humble origins to Henry VIII's closest advisor. 

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In the trailer we see Cromwell counsel Henry to become a better king, however Lewis' monarch shoots back rather ominously: "I keep you because you’re a serpent."

"Everything that you are, everything that you have, will come from me."

Directed by Peter Kosminsky with a screenplay by Peter StraughanWolf Hall is based on Hilary Mantel's Booker Prize-winning novel of the same name and the sequel Bring Up The Bodies. The six-part season also stars Jonathan Pryce and Joanne Whalley

Wolf Hall is a co-production of Company Pictures (Shameless) and Colin Callender's Playground (Dracula) for BBC Two and Masterpiece in association with BBC Worldwide. It will be airing domestically on Masterpiece on PBS.