A second outing of the dark medieval drama has been scheduled to launch in early July.

The History channel is about to bring the 700-year-old tale of the Knights Templar to life once more.

Tom Cullen leads an all-star cast as he reprises his role as Landry du Lauzon, the disgraced Templar knight who must rise from disgrace and through the Templar ranks to come to their defence.

Star Wars legend Mark Hamill joins the cast as new character Talus, a battle-hardened Knight Templar veteran and initiate master. He is tasked with preparing the next generation of men to proudly wear the iconic red cross on their chests and become “God’s Executioners”. Talus must resurrect the shamed Landry to restore the Templars.

The second series starts with the king of France (Ed Stoppard) and his army of unimaginable power in preparation to take down the Knights Templar forever. With the historical and ruthless downfall of the Templar Order on the horizon, season two is based around power, redemption, revenge, betrayal, family, and ultimately an epic war between church and state.

Returning for season two are series regulars Ed Stoppard as King Philip IV of France, Pádraic Delaney as Gawain, Simon Merrells as Tancrede,  Julian Ovenden as William DeNogaret and Jim Carter  as Pope Boniface VIII.

In addition to Mark Hamill, new cast members in the latest episodes include: Clementine Nicholson as Margaret, Princess of Burgundy and the devoted wife of Prince Louis of France, Genevieve Gaunt as Princess Isabella, the daughter of King Philip who history would eventually call “the she-wolf of France,” and Tom Forbes as Prince Louis, the violent and unpredictable son of King Philip and heir to the throne.

The eight-part run begins on July 2nd at 9pm on History.

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