History confirmed the dramatic series Knightfall will be returning for a second season. In addition, the series has added Mark Hamill (the Star Wars film franchise), Tom Forbes (The Bastard Executioner), and Genevieve Gaunt (The Royals) to the cast of season two in key roles.
“In the face of ever-increasing competition, we’re proud of History’s track record of producing signature drama series that are epic in scope with complex characters,” stated Eli Lehrer, Executive Vice President of Programming, History. “Whether it’s the legendary Knights Templar, the extraordinary tale of medieval Norsemen, or the story of a formerly classified United States Air Force program investigating UFOs during the Cold War, these series reflect our commitment to bringing the defining, big canvas stories of history to life. We look forward to offering our viewers a grittier, darker Knightfall in season two and welcoming Mark to the cast.”
The first season of the series starring Tom Cullen (Downton Abbey, Gunpowder) reached 25 million viewers. Aaron Helbing (The Flash, Spartacus: War of the Damned) will be the season two showrunner and will executive produce with Midnight Radios’ Josh Appelbaum, André Nemec, Jeff Pinkner, and Scott Rosenberg. Don Handfield and Richard Rayner serve as creators and executive producers for The Combine, with Oscar nominee Jeremy Renner (The Town, The Hurt Locker) also executive producing. Knightfall also has Cyrus Voris (Legends), Ethan Reiff (Legends), Rick Jacobson (Ash vs Evil Dead), Barry Jossen, and Arturo Interian on board as executive producers.
Announcing the new cast, History released details on the characters Hamill, Gaunt, and Forbes will be playing:
- Mark Hamill will play the role of “Talus,” a battle-hardened Knight Templar veteran of the Crusades, who survived captivity for ten years in the Holy Land and is tasked with training the new initiates to the Order.
- Tom Forbes has been cast as “Prince Louis,” the violent and unpredictable son of King Philip and heir to the throne.
- Genevieve Gaunt is “Isabella,” the daughter of King Philip and well on her way to becoming the woman who history would call “the she-wolf of France.”
The Plot: Knightfall goes inside the medieval politics and warfare of the Knights Templar, the most powerful, wealthy and mysterious military order of the Middle Ages who were entrusted with protecting Christianity’s most precious relics. The story of the Knights Templar has never been fully told until now, and Knightfall goes deep into the clandestine world of this legendary brotherhood of warrior monks to learn who these knights were, how they lived, and what they died believing.
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