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History’s ‘Knightfall’ Renewed for Season 2 with Mark Hamill Joining the Cast

HISTORY’s hit drama series Knightfall will be returning for what’s sure to be a spectacular second season, especially now that the series will have a true Jedi Knight joining their ranks.

On Monday, the network announced the exciting news that the series had been renewed for season two. In addition to the second season announcement, it was also revealed that legendary Star Wars icon Mark Hamill will be joining the cast. Hamill, best known for playing Luke Skywalker in the Star Wars franchise, will be taking on 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.

The news was announced on Monday by Eli Lehrer, Executive Vice President of Programming, HISTORY. Lehrer welcomed Hamill by saying:

[row]“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. 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.”[/row]

In addition to Hamill, Tom Forbes (The Bastard Executioner) and Genevieve Gaunt (The Royals) are also joining the cast in season two. The series also stars Tom Cullen, Pádraic Delaney, Simon Merrells, Olivia Ross, Bobby Schofield, Sabrina Bartlett, Ed Stoppard, Julian Ovenden, and Jim Carter. Aaron Helbing is on board as showrunner and executive producer.

For more information on the series, check out the synopsis and details below:

[row]”Starring Tom Cullen (“Downton Abbey,” “Gunpowder”), “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.

“Knightfall” is an A+E Studios production in association with The Combine and Midnight Radio. Helbing serves as showrunner and executive producer. Executive producers for Midnight Radio are Josh Appelbaum, André Nemec, Jeff Pinkner, and Scott Rosenberg. Don Handfield (Touchback, The Founder, Kill the Messenger) and Richard Rayner (L.A. Without A Map) serve as creators and executive producers for The Combine, with Oscar® and Golden Globe® nominee Jeremy Renner (American Hustle, The Hurt Locker) also serving as executive producer. Cyrus Voris (“Legends”), Ethan Reiff (“Legends”), Rick Jacobson (“Ash vs Evil Dead”) and Barry Jossen also executive produce. Arturo Interian is the executive producer for HISTORY. A+E Networks holds worldwide distribution rights for “Knightfall.”[/row]

No word yet on a premiere date for the second season, however, the first season premiered last year in early December, so we can guess it will most likely be around the same time. What do you think about Mark Hamill joining the cast of Knightfall on History? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below.