Knightfall (HISTORY 2017, Tom Cullen, Simon Merrells)

Knightfall is an historical action adventure series chronicling the actual events leading up to and following the persecution, downfall and burning at the stake of the Knights Templar on Friday the 13th, 1307

The Knights Templar’s heroic exploits in the Crusades that have fascinated for centuries, inspiring popular stories from Knights of the Round Table to the Jedi Knights of Star Wars. Knightfall reveals the great secrets protected by the Templars and tells the story of faith, loyalty and brotherhood that help sustain these warriors on the battlefield, and the dark events that would forever sear the infamous date of Friday the 13th into the world’s psyche.

From History’s press release, June 2016… HISTORY(R) today announced casting for its new ten-episode drama series Knightfall from A+E Studios in association with Oscar(R) and Golden Globe(R) nominee Jeremy Renner’s and Don Handfield’s production company The Combine and Midnight Radio. Joining the cast are Bobby Schofield (Black Sea, Our World War) as Parsifal, a young man of ordinary birth who will join the Knights Templar seeking revenge, but ultimately finds a higher purpose; Sabrina Bartlett (DaVinci’s Demons, Poldark) as Princess Isabella, Queen Joan and King Philip’s daughter, her upcoming wedding stands to forge a powerful political alliance for France; Julian Ovenden (Downton Abbey, Person of Interest, The Colony) as De Nogaret, King Philip’s Machiavellian lawyer and right hand man; Sarah-Sofie Boussnina (The Bridge, The Absent One) as Adelina, as a child she was rescued in the Holy Land by the Templar Knights, but now in her early 20s, she lives on the streets of Paris as a thief; Padraic Delaney (The Wind That Shakes the Barley, The Tudors) as Gawain, once the greatest swordsman of the Templar Order whose role with them is at a crossroads; Simon Merrells (Spartacus, Dominion ) as Tancrede, a veteran sergeant fanatically devoted to the Templar Knight cause and Olivia Ross (War and Peace, Blowing Louder than the Wind , Father of My Children) as Queen Joan of Navarre, Queen of France and Queen Regnant of Navarre, a devoted mother, warrior, and a formidable diplomat and strategist. They join previously announced Tom Cullen (Downton Abbey) who stars as Landry, a veteran warrior of the Crusades, who becomes the leader of the Templars and serves as the driving force behind their quest to retrieve Christianity’s most prized relic: The Holy Grail. Executive producer Jeremy Renner is expected to guest star. Production on Knightfall begins this summer in the Czech Republic and Croatia.

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Tom Cullen as Landry
Simon Merrells as Tancrede
Bobby Schofield as Parsifal
Julian Ovenden as De Nogaret
Olivia Ross as Queen Joan of Navarre
Padraic Delaney as Gawain
Sabrina Bartlett as Princess Isabella
Sarah-Sofie Boussnina as Adelina

key behind the scenes crew
Andre Nemec as Executive Producer
Arturo Interian as EIP (History)
Dirk Hoogstra as Executive Producer (History)
Don Handfield as Creator/Executive Producer
Jana Bennett as EIP (History)
Jeff Pinkner as Executive Producer
Jeremy Renner as Executive Producer
Josh Appelbaum as Executive Producer
Richard Rayner as Creator/Executive Producer
Russ McCarroll as EIP (History)
Scott Rosenberg as Executive Producer

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show type
period drama

broadcast from
premieres sometime in 2017
1 season with 10 episodes in total

network and production companies
HISTORY – A+E Studios – Combine, The – Midnight Radio

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