Max von Sydow has joined the cast of The Tudors for the Showtime series' third season, according to Variety.

Von Sydow will play Cardinal Von Waldburg, a German-born clergyman who tries to organize the defeat of Henry VIII (played by Jonathan Rhys Meyers).

Von Sydow will be seen in four of the eight season-three episodes of The Tudors, a Canadian-Irish co-production that's filming in Dublin. The third season of the series will bow next year on Showtime.

Other recent additions to the skein include British singer Joss Stone, who will play Henry VIII's fourth wife, Anne of Cleves.