Fans will have a lot to look forward to when The Tudors return with new episodes next year. As reported in April, Showtime has given the drama series loosely based on the early reign of Henry VIII a third season order just a few weeks after the show returned on the air for a sophomore run.
The new season, which began production in June in Dublin, Ireland, will now follow King Henry (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) as he weds third Jane Seymour (Anita Briem) and then Anne of Cleves, who has now been cast. According to the network’s press release, Grammy-winning singer Joss Stone has signed on to join the cast The Tudors as Henry’s fourth wife.
Joss Stone, who will appear in three episodes of The Tudors, catapulted to stardom in late 2003 with the release of her multi-platinum debut album “The Soul Sessions,” which made the 2004 Mercury Prize shortlist. She continued to gain fame with her second album, “Mind, Body & Soul,” which topped the U.K. album charts for one week and spawned the U.K. top 10 hit “You Had Me.” Both album and single each received one nomination at the 2005 Grammy Awards, while Stone herself was nominated for Best New Artist. Her latest album, “Introducing Joss Stone,” was released in March 2007 and has now reached gold status, according to the Recording Industry Association of America.
In addition to a singing career, which already earned her two BRIT Awards and one Grammy Award, Stone has also ventured into acting starting with the 2006 fantasy adventure film Eragon as the witch Angela.
Apart from The Tudors, Stone has also been cast in the upcoming comedy flick Snappers, which is directed by Philip Middlemiss, and the 2009 movie Slightly Single in L.A., which is currently in pre-production stages.
-Kris De Leon, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
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