Bobby Schofield, Julian Ovenden, and Olivia Ross, amongst others, are joining Tom Cullen in Knightfall, the new Knights Templar drama series for History®.
American telly is looking more international these days, certainly more British, as far as casts go. (To which I say, brilliant!)
And Knightfall, the new drama series for History, joins the growing list of US-produced series featuring actors from the UK, Ireland, and other parts of Europe in primary roles.
Leading the cast is Tom Cullen (The Five, The Trials of Jimmy Rose, Downton Abbey, World Without End). He stars as Landry, a veteran warrior of the Crusades, who becomes the leader of the Knights Templar and serves as the driving force behind their quest to retrieve Christianity’s most prized relic: The Holy Grail.
Joining Cullen in Knightfall are Bobby Schofield (Black Sea, Our World War) as Parsifal, a young man of ordinary birth who joins the Knights Templar seeking revenge, but ultimately finds a higher purpose; Sabrina Bartlett (DaVinci’s Demons, Poldark) as Princess Isabella, daughter of Queen Joan and King Philip, whose upcoming wedding stands to forge a powerful political alliance for France; Julian Ovenden (Downton Abbey, Foyle’s War) as De Nogaret, King Philip’s Machiavellian lawyer and right-hand man; Danish actress Sarah-Sofie Boussnina (The Bridge, The Absent One) as Adelina, who, as a child, was rescued in the Holy Land by the Templars, but now in her early 20s lives on the streets of Paris as a thief; Irish actor Padraic Delaney (The Tudors, The Wind That Shakes the Barley) as Gawain, once the greatest swordsman of the Templar Order, whose role with them is at a crossroads; Simon Merrells (Dominion, Spartacus) as Tancrede, a veteran sergeant fanatically devoted to the cause of the Knights Templar; and French actress Olivia Ross (War & Peace, Match Day) as Queen Joan of Navarre, Queen of France, and Queen Regnant of Navarre, a devoted mother, warrior, and a formidable diplomat and strategist.
Another Brit who will be working on the series is Dominic Minghella, one of the creators of Doc Martin, whose credits also include Robin Hood and Hamish Macbeth. Minghella, of Island Pictures, will serve as showrunner and an executive producer on Knightfall.
Story-wise, Knightfall goes deep into the clandestine world of the Knights Templar, the most powerful, wealthy, and mysterious military order of the Middle Ages. Entrusted with protecting the Holy Grail, the legendary brotherhood of warrior monks also harbored secrets capable of destroying the Church itself.
As the ten-episode series unfolds, viewers discover who these knights were, how they lived, and what they died believing. We follow the Knights Templar from their battles in the Holy Land, to their clashes with both the King of France and Pope Boniface VIII, to the betrayal that ultimately led to their tragic dissolution on Friday the 13th — a date that has since become synonymous with bad luck.
Oscar®, Golden Globe®, and BAFTA nominee Jeremy Renner (The Hurt Locker, The Town, The Avengers), an executive producer on Knightfall, is expected to guest star in the series.
Produced by A+E Studios in association with The Combine and Midnight Radio, Knightfall is created by Don Handfield (Kill the Messenger) and Richard Rayner (L.A. Without A Map). Both serve as executive producers with Renner for The Combine. Executive producers for Midnight Radio are Jeff Pinkner (Alias), Andre Nemec and Josh Appelbaum (both Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol), and Scott Rosenberg (Beautiful Girls). Jana Bennett, Arturo Interian, and Russ McCarroll are the executives in charge of production for History. Knightfall will be distributed internationally by A+E Networks.
Production on Knightfall begins this summer in the Czech Republic and Croatia.