Based on historical crime thriller Dissolution by C.J. Sansom, the four-part drama is set in 16th century England during the dissolution of the monasteries.
Matthew Shardlake will be played by Arthur Hughes (“The Innocents,” “Then Barbara Met Alan”), and Thomas Cromwell will be played by Sean Bean (“Time,” “Game of Thrones”).
The series is executive produced by George Ormond and Mark Pybus for The Forge, Stevie Lee for Runaway Fridge and Lee Mason for Disney+ EMEA. Justin Chadwick (“The Other Boleyn Girl”) directs the series with John Griffin as producer.
Stephen Butchard (“Baghdad Central,” “The Last Kingdom”) has penned the script and has said: “Writing Shardlake has been nothing short of a joy. CJ Sansom’s novels are incredibly rich in story, character and history; full of intrigue, excitement, cruelty and compassion – and at the centre of it all is Matthew Shardlake, a hero like no other.”
Production of “Shardlake” has already begun, with filming taking place in Hungary, Austria and Romania.