History has locked down the core cast for Knightfall.
Bobby Schofield (Black Sea), Sabrina Bartlett (DaVinci’s Demons), Julian Ovenden (The Assets), Sarah-Sofie Boussnina (The Bridge) Padraic Delaney (The Tudors), Simon Merrells (Dominion) and Olivia Ross (War & Peace) have signed on for starring roles in the ten episode drama series about the Knights Templar, TVWise has learned.
Created by Don Handfield and Richard Rayner , Knightfall examines the Knights Templar, the secretive order who were at one time the best warriors in the world. The series 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.
Julian Ovenden has been cast as De Nogaret, King Philip’s Machiavellian lawyer and right hand man; Bobby Schofield as Parsifal, a young man of ordinary birth who will join the Knights Templar seeking revenge; Sabrina Bartlett as Princess Isabella, Queen Joan and King Philip’s daughter; Sarah-Sofie Boussnina as Adelina, who, as a child, was rescued in the Holy Land by the Knights Templar; Padraic Delaney as Gawain, once the greatest swordsman of the Templar Order whose role with them is at a crossroads; Simon Merrells as Tancrede, a veteran sergeant fanatically devoted to the Templar Knight cause and Olivia Ross as Queen Joan of Navarre, Queen of France and Queen Regnant of Navarre.
They all join the 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. Jeremy Renner is also expected to guest star in the show’s first season.
Knightfall, which has been in development since March 2015 before getting a series order back in January, is being produced by A+E Studios, The Combine and Midnight Radio. Doc Martin creator Dominic Minghella has come on-board the project and will serve as showrunner and executive producer. Jeremy Renner, Don Handfield, Richard Rayner, Jeff Pinkner, Andre Nemec, Josh Appelbaum and Scott Rosenberg also executive producing. Production gets underway this summer in the Czech Republic and Croatia. A+E Studios International will handle global sales.