Mark Hamill is set to join the cast of Knightfall in season 2, and History has released the first photo of the actor in character. The second season of the historical drama is currently in production in Prague, as the series gets set to bring another round of Templar Knight drama and high stakes secrecy to the group of warrior monks. The series’ first season toyed with the idea that the group of knights would one day become a clandestine organization, eschewing a hard-and-fast historical narrative for something that was a more highly fictionalized and reminiscent of certain elements from Dan Brown’s Robert Langdon novels.
With the introduction of Hamill to the cast, however, it would seem Knightfall has a slightly new direction in store for its lead, Landry, played by Tom Cullen. When he presumably crosses paths with Hammil, Landry will find himself dealing with a much older and hardened knight, someone he may be able to learn a lot from, provided the elder warrior proves willing to impart his knowledge onto a man who was left low in from the events of the first season finale.
According to History, Hamill will play ‘“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.” What that means for the series, and exactly how substantial of a role Talus will play in the new storyline remains to be seen, but Knightfall has certainly earned itself some serious geek cred by bringing him on board, and perhaps will see an uptick in the ratings as a result.
It’s plain to see that Hamill’s new character sounds a lot like the one he recently played to divisive ends in The Last Jedi. Given the obvious similarities between Talus and the aged and grumpy Luke Skywalker, it will be interesting to see how fans react to seeing the actor ostensibly take a second swing at playing the elder statesmen in a story with plenty of mythology built in. Lightsaber or not, it sound as though the actor will be in familiar territory, as far as his performance is concerned.
So far, there’s not much else known about the new season, or the role Talus will play in it. The series isn’t exactly known for its secrecy, so it’s safe to assume there’ll be plenty more information as soon as its ready.
Season 2 of Knightfall is expected in 2019 on History.