If History’s drama Knightfall seems a lot like a medieval Star Wars, it’s not by coincidence.
“I think that was something that the creators were very aware of,” Knightfall star Tom Cullen told us before Season 1 debuted in December 2017. “I think that they were really interested in where a lot of our mythologies come from, whether that be Star Wars or Arthurian legends, and a lot of those stories and mythologies have origins in the Knights Templar.”
In Season 2 (Mondays at 10pm ET/PT beginning March 25), the drama about the legendary Templars of long, long ago makes another connection to that galaxy far, far away when Mark Hamill — the Star Wars saga’s Luke Skywalker — joins the cast. Hamill plays Talus, a grizzled veteran of the Crusades. Talus is the Initiate Master, a drill instructor who puts future Templars through rigorous mental, physical and spiritual training. He’s like a much more curmudgeonly Yoda.
Did that Jedi-Templar connection give Hamill any hesitation in taking the role?
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“Not until after I accepted. I didn’t really think it through,” Hamill jokes. “I’m sure George Lucas came from so many different inspirations of his own, both from the movies and literature. He was probably thinking more of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table because it was more idealized and glamorous, certainly, than the Templar Knights, but there’s no question that his inspiration was rooted, partially, in this mythology.”
Cullen returns as Landry, the mighty Templar whose affair with France’s Queen Joan (Olivia Ross) may have cost him everything. Faced with expulsion from the order, he must atone for his sins if he is to rejoin the brotherhood at a critical time when the Templars’ relations with the French monarchy and the pope are on the edge of collapse.
Also joining the cast in Season 2 is Tom Forbes (Wolf Hall) as the headstrong and hot-tempered Prince Louis of France, and Genevieve Gaunt (The Royals) in a recast role as Princess Isabella, who would go on to be known as the “She-Wolf of France.”