AceShowbiz - Mark Hamill has traded his Jedi costume for a Knight Templar one for his role on History's "Knightfall". The "Star Wars" actor looks almost unrecognizable in the first-look image from the upcoming season 2 of the medieval series as he dresses as his character Talus.
The photo sees Hamill's Talus sporting a full gray beard and long gray hair. Instead of a lightsaber, he has a sword on his belt. Joining him in the photo is co-star Tom Cullen, who plays courageous and headstrong Templar Knight Sir Landry du Lauzon.
Hamill's character is described as 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."
"We look forward to offering our viewers a grittier, darker 'Knightfall' in season 2 and welcoming Mark to the cast," Eli Lehrer, History executive vice president of programming, said of the casting of the Luke Skywalker of "Star Wars". Of Hamill's character, new showrunner Aaron Helbing explained to TVInsider, "He takes pride in the scars, because they made him who he is."
Landry is one of Talun' pupils though he was forced to start over despite being a master after breaking his vows in the first season. Helbing teases that the two will "face off against each other, and it's pretty brutal." He continued that the sophomore season is "darker, grittier and more action-heavy."
In addition to Hamill, Tom Forbes and Genevieve Gaunt join the cast in the second season of "Knightfall".
The show follows the fall, persecution, and burning at the stake of the Knights Templar, one of the most skilled fighting units of the Crusades, which was orchestrated by King Philip IV of France on October 13, 1307. It centers on fictional Templar leader Landry du Lauzon, a brave warrior discouraged by the Templars' failures in the Holy Land who is reinvigorated by news that the Holy Grail has resurfaced.
Season 2 of "Knightfall" is currently in production in Prague. The new season is set to premiere sometime next year on History.