From Jedi Master to Knight Templar: First Look at Mark Hamill in ‘Knightfall’ Season 2 (Photo)

Mark Hamill laid down his lightsaber last year and is now picking up a sword, as he joins Season 2 of History’s drama series “Knightfall.” And the first look image of Hamill in character reveals that he does, in fact, get to rock a beard for this project, too. And this one is even more badass than Luke Skywalker’s facial hair.

Hamill will play Talus, a battle-hardened Knight Templar veteran of the Crusades, who survived captivity for 10 years in the Holy Land and is tasked with training the new initiates to the Order.

“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.

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The “Star Wars” alum will join lead Tom Cullen (“Downton Abbey,” “Gunpowder”) on the series. Cullen stars as the courageous and headstrong Templar Knight, Landry, who last season we left grief-stricken but hopeful, Season 2 will explore this dark time in history from the Templar perspective, embracing an authentically grittier, darker, and more brutal Medieval period than has ever been seen before.

“Knightfall” Season 2 is currently in production in Prague. No air date has been set yet for the second season premiere.

See the first-look photo of Hamill below.

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Mark Hamill laid down his lightsaber last year and is now picking up a sword, as he joins Season 2 of History’s drama series “Knightfall.” And the first look image of Hamill in character reveals that he does, in fact, get to rock a beard for this project, too. And this one is even more badass than Luke Skywalker’s facial hair.

Hamill will play Talus, a battle-hardened Knight Templar veteran of the Crusades, who survived captivity for 10 years in the Holy Land and is tasked with training the new initiates to the Order.

“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 “Star Wars” alum will join lead Tom Cullen (“Downton Abbey,” “Gunpowder”) on the series. Cullen stars as the courageous and headstrong Templar Knight, Landry, who last season we left grief-stricken but hopeful, Season 2 will explore this dark time in history from the Templar perspective, embracing an authentically grittier, darker, and more brutal Medieval period than has ever been seen before.

“Knightfall” Season 2 is currently in production in Prague. No air date has been set yet for the second season premiere.

See the first-look photo of Hamill below.

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Mark Hamill goes from Jedi Knight to Knights Templar for History’s Knightfall

According to Variety, Mark Hamill is taking his experience with hokey religions and ancient weapons to History for the second season of Knights Templar drama Knightfall. Hamill will be playing Talus, a “battle-hardened Knight Templar veteran of the cru…

According to Variety, Mark Hamill is taking his experience with hokey religions and ancient weapons to History for the second season of Knights Templar drama Knightfall. Hamill will be playing Talus, a “battle-hardened Knight Templar veteran of the crusades who survived captivity for 10 years in the Holy Land and is…

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‘Knightfall’ Renewed For Season 2 With Mark Hamill Joining Cast & Aaron Helbing As Showrunner

History has ordered a second season of its medieval drama series Knightfall, with Star Wars‘ Mark Hamill joining the cast and Aaron Helbing (The Flash, Spartacus: War of the Damned) set as showrunner and executive producer. Also joining the seaso…

History has ordered a second season of its medieval drama series Knightfall, with Star WarsMark Hamill joining the cast and Aaron Helbing (The Flash, Spartacus: War of the Damned) set as showrunner and executive producer. Also joining the season 2 cast is Tom Forbes (The Bastard Executioner, Wolf Hall) and Genevieve Gaunt (The Royals). Starring Tom Cullen, Knightfall, from A+E Studios, Jeremy Renner’s The Combine and Midnight Radio, goes inside the medieval politics and…

History’s ‘Knightfall’ Renewed for Season 2, Mark Hamill to Join Cast

History has renewed the Knights Templar drama “Knightfall” for a second season, the network announced on Monday.
For the drama’s second outing, “Star Wars” star Mark Hamill will join the cast, and “The Flash” e…

History has renewed the Knights Templar drama “Knightfall” for a second season, the network announced on Monday.

For the drama’s second outing, “Star Wars” star Mark Hamill will join the cast, and “The Flash” executive producer Aaron Helbing will take over showrunning duties.

Led by Tom Cullen, “Knightfall” tells the story 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.

Hamill will play the role of Talus, a battle-hardened Knight Templar veteran of the Crusades, who survived captivity for 10 years in the Holy Land and is tasked with training the new initiates to the Order.

Also joining the cast for Season 2 are “The Bastard Executioner” alum Tom Forbes as Prince Louis, the violent and unpredictable son of King Philip and heir to the throne, and ” The Royals” star Genevieve Gaunt as Isabella, the daughter of King Philip and well on her way to becoming the woman who history would call “the she-wolf of France.”

“Knightfall” is produced by A+E Studios in association with Jeremy Renner’s The Combine and Midnight Radio. Helbing serves as showrunner and executive producer on Season 2.

Josh Appelbaum, André Nemec, Jeff Pinkner, and Scott Rosenberg executive produce for Midnight Radio, along with creators Don Handfield and Richard Rayner. Renner is also an executive producer, along with Cyrus Voris, Ethan Reiff, Rick Jacobson, Barry Jossen and Arturo Interian.

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TV News Roundup: History Releases ‘Knightfall’ Season Finale Trailer (EXCLUSIVE)

In today’s roundup, History has released a new trailer for the “Knightfall” season finale and the Lifetime Special “Harry & Meghan: A Royal Romance” has found its stars. FIRST LOOKS Variety has obtained an exclusive clip from “Knightfall‘s” first season finale, which airs on Wednesday, Feb. 7 at 10pm on History. In the clip, the Templars are vastly […]

In today’s roundup, History has released a new trailer for the “Knightfall” season finale and the Lifetime Special “Harry & Meghan: A Royal Romance” has found its stars. FIRST LOOKS Variety has obtained an exclusive clip from “Knightfall‘s” first season finale, which airs on Wednesday, Feb. 7 at 10pm on History. In the clip, the Templars are vastly […]

TV News Roundup: ‘Knightfall’ Premiere Grows by 71 Percent in Delayed Viewing

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In today’s roundup, Netflix released an early slate of its 2018 documentaries and History marks high viewership for “Knightfall” and “Vikings.” RATINGS The December 6 premiere of History’s “Knightfall” was watched by more than 3.0 million Total Viewers based on Live+3 viewing (+71% over Live+SD). Week two of “Vikings” Season 5 delivered 3.5 million Total Viewers in L+3, growing […]

History’s ‘Knightfall’ Premiere Draws 1.8M Viewers; Among Top Cable Drama Launches Of 2017

Wednesday night’s premiere of History’s medieval drama series Knightfall drew 1.8M total viewers, tying it for the third-best cable drama launch of 2017, the network said.
The debut of the A+E Studios show from executive producer Jeremy Renner trails only FX’s Feud: Bette and Joan and AMC’s The Son among the year’s biggest debuts among total viewers and is tied with FX’s Taboo. Showrunner Dominic Minghella also exec produces.
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Wednesday night’s premiere of History’s medieval drama series Knightfall drew 1.8M total viewers, tying it for the third-best cable drama launch of 2017, the network said. The debut of the A+E Studios show from executive producer Jeremy Renner trails only FX’s Feud: Bette and Joan and AMC’s The Son among the year’s biggest debuts among total viewers and is tied with FX’s Taboo. Showrunner Dominic Minghella also exec produces. Created by Don Handfield and Richard Rayner, Kn…

TV Review: ‘Knightfall’ on History

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Knightfall’s pilot episode fails to raise it above other medieval dramas

There’s a lot of early burdens falling on the chainmail-adorned shoulders of Knightfall, History’s latest entry into the scripted drama playing field. It has to find a way to tell a new story about the search for the Holy Grail, the most famous and revisited treasure hunt in the history of Western civilization. It has…

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‘Knightfall’ Review: A Look at the Aftermath of the Crusades That’s Brutal in All the Wrong Ways

History’s new drama is a bloody, would-be medieval epic that rarely feels true to its time.

This is either the best or worst time to be releasing a new series set in the aftermath of The Crusades, a centuries-long campaign to claim the Holy Land as Christian territory. Regardless of its timing, the new History series “Knightfall” falls short of the careful examination that this monumental period of world history deserves. Ambitious in its scale, but hamstrung by its conventions, “Knightfall” often confuses violence and brutality for visceral authenticity. Using the Templar Knights as an entry point into a volatile period in France and the world at large, the result is a series that often focuses its energies on the least compelling areas of its tapestry.

As a sword and shield epic, “Knightfall” brings a kind of visual comfort that will likely endear it to pre-existing fans of “Game of Thrones,” “Lord of the Rings,” or even “Braveheart” (whose antagonist King Edward “Longshanks” I is name-dropped here). But even using a familiar template for the brutal hand-to-hand combat (if you love seeing dudes getting stabbed out through their mouths, then this is the show for you!), these battles only matter when you care about who’s fighting. The opening sequence in the pilot tries to convey the grandeur of the fighting that largely brought the Holy Land part of the Crusades to a close, but it’s not really until the individual stories of these Templar Knights get revealed that the show starts to become something deeper than an attempt at merely recreating history for visual splendor.

In the court of the French King Philip IV and Queen Joan, Templar knight Landry (Tom Cullen) becomes far more than just a dutiful servant of the crown and occasional sparring partner for the king. Landry is effectively the show’s lead (he gets the pivotal character-strengthening flashbacks to prove it), and the eventual search for the Holy Grail becomes the eventual backbone for the series.

But it’s royal envoy William De Nogaret that emerges as the show’s beating heart, for better or worse. As a shadowy string-puller in matters of French governance and literal international affairs, his character is bathed in much of the usual, hushed hallway conversations where characters delight in the how evil and dastardly their schemes are. But Julian Ovenden brings a certain distinct charisma to the character’s sly nature, even as his actions grow increasingly despicable and unforgivable.

The Grail itself is a curious and difficult MacGuffin for the show to build around. The fact that it represents so many different things to different characters on the show is a testament to its power as a cultural symbol, even back in the 13th century. But as a way of focusing the series, it ends up pulling the show in too many directions. When it’s treated as a totemic artifact of faith, the show briefly considers how much value there is in mass slaughter and warfare over control of physical objects. When characters talk about the Grail’s fantastical healing powers, “Knightfall” takes on more fantasy airs. When it’s viewed more as a target for rival mercenaries, it becomes the engine for a medieval spy story.

Knightfall de Nogaret King Philip

“Knightfall”

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None of these potential directions are necessarily wrongheaded (unless you count the questionable ethical explaining away of why this bloody war is happening in the first place). But when jumbled together, there’s a certain messiness to this history that extends beyond the questionable motivation of its central characters.

Though, it is curious and slightly unexpected, to see a show set in this era treat its royal characters with relative simplicity. Philip (Ed Stoppard) is made to look like a hapless figurehead rather than the megalomaniacal force that most TV kings are painted as (particularly one with theoretical aims of uniting all of Europe under one royal house). Queen Joan (Olivia Ross) faces two very distinct and specific dilemmas, but being a woman in her position in a feudal time, “Knightfall” can’t (or opts not to) give her much to do outside the castle walls.

For fans of historical soapiness, there’s plenty of steamy encounters and forbidden love stories to satisfy any basic cable cravings. But while there’s the obligatory level of shady interfamily drama, there’s not a whole lot of specificity here on the palace intrigue side. There’s the pervasive sense that “Knightfall” wouldn’t change very much if it was swapped into an entirely different century or set within the hierarchy of a more modern business instead of a burgeoning empire.

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Jim Carter as Pope Boniface VIII is a character force that doesn’t always fit with the rest of the show at times, but is a distinct throwback to the historical and religious epics of the past. With the Pope as the benevolent uncle figure type early on, just trying to make sure that all the royals and knights maintain honor and order in equal measure, it’s another example of the show’s curious decision to demystify history when it comes to the people involved.

In regards to the Templars’ treatment of the “Saracens” or their response to persecution of members of the Jewish community living in France, the show does have a sheen of saviorhood that feels insincere at times, revisionist at others, and overall a centering perspective that hamstrings the show’s ability to fully invest in anyone not wearing chainmail.

So, at least for the better half of its opening season, “Knightfall” is a wispy acknowledgment of a period in time that calls for a more thorough, less surface-level evaluation. There may be a kernel of truth in turning figures from history into petty people with outsized grievances whose grudges and short-sightedness meant bloodshed on a cataclysmic scale. But as the foundation for ten episodes of a TV series, it makes an era that literally changed the world into something that feels so small.

Grade: C

“Knightfall” airs Wednesday nights at 10:00 p.m. on History. 

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Medieval Drama ‘Knightfall’ Gets Winter Premiere Date at History

History has set a Dec. 6 premiere date for “Knightfall,” the network announced on Monday.

The 10-episode series delves into 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.

“Downton Abbey” alum Tom Cullen stars in the series as the headstrong Templar Knight Landry as he embarks on a mission in search of the Holy Grail.

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The series also stars Pádraic Delaney, Simon Merrells, Jim Carter, Olivia Ross, Ed Stoppard, Julian Ovenden and Sabrina Bartlett.

Don Handfield and Richard Rayner serve as creators and executive producers on the series produced by A+E Studios in association with The Combine and Jeremy Renner’s Midnight Radio. Dominic Minghella serves as executive producer and showrunner. Jeff Pinkner, Andre Nemec, Josh Applebaum, Scott Rosenberg, Barry Jossen and Douglas Mackinnon also executive produce.

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History has set a Dec. 6 premiere date for “Knightfall,” the network announced on Monday.

The 10-episode series delves into 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.

“Downton Abbey” alum Tom Cullen stars in the series as the headstrong Templar Knight Landry as he embarks on a mission in search of the Holy Grail.

The series also stars Pádraic Delaney, Simon Merrells, Jim Carter, Olivia Ross, Ed Stoppard, Julian Ovenden and Sabrina Bartlett.

Don Handfield and Richard Rayner serve as creators and executive producers on the series produced by A+E Studios in association with The Combine and Jeremy Renner’s Midnight Radio. Dominic Minghella serves as executive producer and showrunner. Jeff Pinkner, Andre Nemec, Josh Applebaum, Scott Rosenberg, Barry Jossen and Douglas Mackinnon also executive produce.

Watch the trailer below:

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