Mark Hamill is trading one knighthood for another: The "Star Wars" star will return to the small screen for a role on History series "Knightfall."
The cable outlet announced on Monday that it was renewing the medieval drama for a second season, and bringing on a huge new star in Hamill. Film fans have known the actor for years as Luke Skywalker, one of the founding members of the "Star Wars" saga, and it seems that this new role is taking some heavy influence from the familiar Jedi master.
"Knightfall" focuses on the Knights Templar, the mysterious military order entrusted with protecting Christian relics in the Middle Ages. Much like his role in the most recent "Star Wars" outing, "The Last Jedi," Hamill will be playing a respected leader who's been absent for some time, and is now imparting his wisdom on a new generation.
Here's the official character description, per Deadline:
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.
The actor's casting will signal "a grittier, darker 'Knightfall' in season two," according to Eli Lehrer, the executive vice president of programming for History. So maybe those "Star Wars" fans who didn't like Luke's storyline in "The Last Jedi" will be happier with Hamill's arc here.
No word yet on when "Knightfall" season two will premiere.
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