History has set the cast for its 10-episode straight-to-series historical drama Knightfall, executive produced by Jeremy Renner. In addition, Dominic Minghella (Doc Martin) has been tapped as executive producer and showrunner.
Joining previously announced Tom Cullen are Bobby Schofield (Black Sea), Sabrina Bartlett (DaVinci’s Demons), Julian Ovenden (Downton Abbey), Sarah-Sofie Boussnina (The Bridge), Padraic Delaney (The Wind That Shakes the Barley), Simon Merrells (Dominion) and Olivia Ross (War and Peace).
Created by Don Handfield and Richard Rayner, Knightfall chronicles the mysterious but true accounts of the Knights Templar, the elite warriors of the Crusades. It delves into 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.
Bobby Schofield will play Parsifal, a young man of ordinary birth who will join the Knights Templar seeking revenge, but ultimately finds a higher purpose; Sabrina Bartlett is Princess Isabella, Queen Joan and King Philip’s daughter, her upcoming wedding stands to forge a powerful political alliance for France; Julian Ovenden is De Nogaret, King Philip’s Machiavellian lawyer and right hand man; Sarah-Sofie Boussnina plays 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 is Gawain, once the greatest swordsman of the Templar Order whose role with them is at a crossroads; Simon Merrells plays Tancrede, a veteran sergeant fanatically devoted to the Templar Knight cause and Olivia Ross is Queen Joan of Navarre, Queen of France and Queen Regnant of Navarre, a devoted mother, warrior, and a formidable diplomat and strategist.
Tom Cullen 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. Renner is expected to guest star on a recurring basis. Production on Knightfall begins this summer in the Czech Republic and Croatia.
Schofield is repped by Lou Coulson Associates; Bartlett is repped by Independent Talent, UK; Ovenden is repped by Affirmative Entertainment, Independent Talent and Hertz Lichtenstein & Young; Boussnina is repped by UTA & Lindberg Management; Delaney is repped by Lisa Richards Agency; Merrells is repped by D2 Management and Conway van Gelder Grant; Ross is repped by Sophie Holden at Curtis Brown Group Ltd and Dominic Minghella is repped by Greg Slewett at Bloom Hergott, WME, Grandview, and 42 (UK rep).
Knightfall hails from A+E Studios, Jeremy Renner’s and Handfield’s banner The Combine and Midnight Radio (Jeff Pinkner, Andre Nemec, Josh Appelbaum and Scott Rosenberg).