|‘Variety’ reports that Ridley Scott is in talks to direct Disney‘s THE MERLIN SAGA which is eyed as a possible franchise based on 12 books from T.A. Barron which he started publishing back in 1996! He would also produce it with Lord of the Rings‘ and Hobbit‘s Philippa Boyens writing the script! Similar to the popular BBC series from a decade ago, THE MERLIN SAGA depicts the origin story of a young wizard Merlin who would go on to become the mentor of the classic literary character of King Arthur. It is even more interesting that Disney is preparing another movie from this universe – a live-action version of SWORD IN THE STONE which Ridley could also produce.|
|The Merlin saga has 12 books so far!|
NEW PHOTOS FROM BBC AND NETFLIX EPIC SERIES ‘TROY: FALL OF A CITY’ WITH TOM WESTON JONES, FRANCES O’CONNOR, JONAS ARMSTRONG
an epic tale of mortals and gods, has a psychologically rich and sweeping narrative which goes back to the story’s origins: to the judgement of Paris, his scandalous love affair with Helen, and the ill-starred prophecy surrounding his birth. Told from the perspective of the Trojan royal family at the heart of the siege, TROY: FALL OF A CITY is a rich story of love, intrigue, betrayal and belonging. Combining thrilling adventure with heart-breaking intimacy, it conveys the big themes of human existence and identity; of people battling to retain their sense of humanity and compassion amid the devastation and destruction of war.
|David Threlfall is King Priam of Troy|
|Tom Weston Jones is the heroic and tragic prince Hector of Troy|
|The eight part saga, which will also air on Netflix after the run in UK, will see Louis Hunter and Bella Dayne as Paris and Helen, the two lovers whose passionate affair plunges Greece and Troy into war, threatening to bring both empires to their knees. David Threlfall plays Paris’ father, King Priam of Troy, alongside Frances O’Connor as Hecuba, Queen of Troy, and Tom Weston-Jones as their eldest son brave Hector. They are joined by a cast including Joseph Mawle as Odysseus, Chloe Pirrie as Hector’s wife Andromache, Johnny Harris as Agamemnon, David Gyasi as Achilles, and Jonas Armstrong as Menelaos, the King of Sparta whose marriage to Helen is destroyed when Paris arrives in his city. Further casting includes Alfred Enoch as the Trojan general Aeneas, David Avery as Xanthius, and Aimee-Ffion Edwards as Priam and Hecuba’s daughter, Cassandra.|
|Louis Hunter and Bella Dayne are two epic brats Paris and Helen|
|Robin Hood’s Jonas Armstrong is King of Sparta Menelaos|
|For some reason BBC thinks Achilles was black, played by David Gyasi|
|As far as the spy’s heard the series is still under production in South Africa|
The Knights will fall this Fall, December 6th (History Channel)
After our majestic Epic Weekend we are still in the same epic waters today as well, with the new trailer and cast photos for History’s brand new epic adventure action television series KNIGHTFALL which starts airing worldwide Wednesday December 6th! The ten episode first season takes viewers inside the medieval politics and warfare of the Knights Templar, the most powerful, wealthy and mysterious military order of the Middle Ages who were entrusted with protecting Christianity’s most precious relics.
THE STORY OF KNIGHTFALL begins after the fall of the city of Acre, the Templar’s last stronghold in the Holy Land, where the Holy Grail is lost. Years later, a clue emerges suggesting the whereabouts of the Grail and sends the Templars, led by the noble, The King and Queen of France, Ed Stoppard and Olivia Ross courageous and headstrong Templar Knight Landry (Tom Cullen), on a life or death mission to find the lost Cup of Christ. From their battles in the Holy Land, to their clash with the King of France, to the dark events leading to the demise of the Templar Order on Friday the 13th, 1307, a date which became The Royal court of France, the royal family and De Nogaret synonymous with bad luck, the story of the Knights Templar has never been fully told until now. Focusing on themes such as belief, sacrifice, politics, love, power and revenge, KNIGHTFALL goes deep into the clandestine world of this legendary brotherhood of warrior monks to find out who these knights were, how they lived, and what they died believing.
KINGS, QUEENS AND A POPE
Beside Cullen, Pádraic Delaney plays Gawain, once the greatest swordsman of the Templar Order who was crippled at Acre, while Simon Merrells is Tancrede, a steadfast, brave, and resolute knight who venerates his Templar vows above all else. Jim Carter is Pope Boniface VIII, the Holy Leader of the Templar Knights and a stabilizing, incorruptible force within a chaotic medieval world! Olivia Ross is Queen Joan of Navarre, wife to King Philip IV of France and a powerful Queen in her own right; a devoted mother, formidable diplomat and keen strategist, while Ed Stoppard plays King Philip IV of France, the most powerful monarch in Europe who seeks to consolidate his power with the help of his Machiavellian right hand man and pragmatic lawyer, William De Nogaret, played by Julian Ovenden! Meanwhile, Sabrina Bartlett plays Princess Isabella, Queen Joan and King Philip’s daughter who would come to dominate the Kingdom of England as the She-Wolf of France.
Knightfall Trailer 2 Season 1 (2017) History Channel Series
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‘SAMSON’ MOVIE POSTERWITH TAYLOR JAMES, BILLY ZANE
Coming to the History Channel in Autumn
History hasn’t yet announced the official air date for their new historical series KNIGHTFALL but it will be sometime this Autumn. Starring Tom Cullen as a knight Templar it will go deep into the clandestine world of this legendary brotherhood of warrior monks. From their battles in the Holy Land, to their complex relationship with the King of France, to the betrayal that would ultimately lead to their tragic dissolution, the story of the Knights Templar has never been fully told until now. Check out the gallery of characters!
NOBLE KNIGHT LANDRY
Will be played by Tom Cullen, he is a noble, courageous, and headstrong Templar Knight who serves as a driving force behind the Templar’s quest to retrieve Christianity’s most prized relic: The Holy Grail. After years of lamenting the loss of the Grail, Landry’s hope reignites, sparking him to guide his fellow Templars on a journey of mystery, faith, and bloodshed.
MASTER OF THE TEMPLARSKnight Godfrey is played by Sam Hazeldine. He is their greatest warrior, a man of immense faith and wisdom who conceals many secrets surrounding the Holy Grail. His number one priority is to protect the Grail, at all costs. He is also like a father to Landry.
STEADFAST KNIGHT TANCREDE
Will be played by Simon Merrells. Steadfast, brave, and resolute knight he imagines himself as the heir apparent to Godfrey, the Master and Commander of the Paris Temple. On the quest for the most-prized relic in all of Christendom, Tancrede comes to understand what his role must be.
THE GREATEST SWORDSMANGawain is played by Padraic Delaney. Crippled by an injury sustained in the Siege of Acre, with his heroism no longer celebrated, he struggles to maintain his loyalty to the Order, just as he struggles to come to terms with his physical limitations.
KING PHILIP IV OF FRANCE
Is played by Ed Stoppard. He seeks to control his family, while dealing with the politics and power moves that are an inevitable part of running his kingdom. Philip longs to be a great monarch, and to transform France into the greatest power in Europe.
QUEEN JOAN OF FRANCEIs played by Olivia Ross. Queen of France, and Queen Regnant of Navarre, Joan is both King Philip’s wife and a powerful Queen in her own right. She is a devoted mother and a formidable diplomat, but a burning secret threatens to unravel her.
THE KING’S GODLESS ADVISOR
William De Nogaret is played by Julian Ovenden. Driven by a passion to destroy the power of organized religion. His mother and father burned at the stakes as heretics, and the cool and supremely calculating De Nogaret is more haunted than he might at first seem.
PRINCESS ISABELLAIs played by Sabrina Bartlett. Queen Joan and King Philip’s daughter, Isabella is an energetic and self-aware young woman whose youth belies a capacity to go to extraordinary lengths to get what she wants.
POPE BONIFACE VIII
Is played by John Carter. Warm and avuncular, but also a seasoned politician, Pope Boniface is a stabilizing, incorruptible force within acorrupt medieval world. The Templar Knights value him as their Holy leader, and they’re willing to execute his orderswithout question.Article and images courtesy of Hollywood Spy
KNIGHTFALL historical adventure series which will launch its ten episode run sometime this Autumn following the legendary Knights Templar who were the most powerful, wealthy and mysterious military order of the Middle Ages, entrusted with protecting Christianity’s most prized relic—the Holy Grail, and harbouring secrets capable of great destruction. Tom Cullen leads the cast which also includes Simon Merrells as knight Tancrede, Padraic Delaney as knight Gawain, Julian Ovenden, Bobby Schofield as Parcival, with Ed Stoppard as King Philip IV, Olivia Ross as Queen Joan and Jim Carter as Pope Boniface VIII.Airs on: HistoryRuntime: 60 minutesStatus: In Development; premiering November 2017Show Type: ScriptedGenres: Drama HistoryOfficial site: www.history.com
BBC and Netflix will work again on another period set lavish saga! As it has been confirmed, they will produce TROY: FALL OF A CITY epic mini series which will tell the story of the siege of Troy from the point of view of a Trojan family! Written by the scribes of Tom Hiddleston‘s Night Manager, ‘the bold and visceral rendition of the 3000 year old classic, told across multiple parts, will be Intimate and epic, gripping and exhilarating, rich with psychological intrigue and human drama, bringing the characters’ passions, pain and loss’. Shooting starts in March 2017 so expect casting updates soon!