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'Knightfall' Season 2 preview: Star Wars' Mark Hamill swaps lightsaber for Templar sword and it's impressive

Fans noted how strikingly different the actor looks as Talus and Hamill had to do a lot to bring about the transformation, including an hour of make-up, 3 scars, a beard, and a wig

While fans await the trailer for 'Star Wars: Episode IX,' the third installment of the 'Star Wars' sequel trilogy, releasing later this year, Mark Himmel, known to be the Jedi of jokes, trolled his fans by posting a picture of his own trailer, taken during the filming for 'The Last Jedi,' naming him to be the "Master Hamster."

The trolled fans took delight at 67-year-old's sense of humor and though the wait for the Hamill's Luke Skywalker to return for the ninth chapter is taking forever, the actor isn't stopping at just wielding the lightsaber. Finding another armor far from the 'Star Wars' galaxy, Hamill debuted as a Templar Master in History Channel's 'Knightfall' season 2, premiering March 25.

The legendary actor plays the role of Talus, a grizzled wise master, who will train protagonist Landry du Lauzon (Tom Cullen) as he seeks redemption for the sin of sleeping with King Philip IV of France’s wife, Queen Joan (Olivia Ross), who died in the finale of season 1. The trailer released about three weeks ago, gave an in-depth insight on Hamill's Talus and fans loved it.

The eight-episode return of the account of the Knights Templar’s fight for survival in 14th century France is expected to be even more brutal than the first, which introduced us to the order of the warrior monks, in conflict with the scheming and greedy French king, Philip IV. Season two promises more intrigue, heavily invested politics and clandestine affairs.

The introduction of Hamill's character started buzz among the fans about the actor playing a knight all over again, bringing the 'Star Wars' fandom to see him and the trailer delivered. However, don't expect many similarities between Talus and Luke Skywalker besides the fact that they both wield swords.

"George Lucas had so many influences, and certainly knights were something he modeled his characters after. When I first read the script for Star Wars, I thought, oh my gosh, this is like a Western, a WWII movie, it’s swashbuckling, it’s like pirate movies. It’s all these genres mixed up so that everything old is new again. He was definitely influenced by that sense of purpose and valor and doing the right thing for a great cause, there’s no question about it. Other than that, I don’t see a lot of similarities between Luke and Talus," the actor said in a recent interview.

In fact, the actor had not even heard about 'Knightfall,' before. "They sent over a couple of screeners. I’d never heard of this show, but don’t go by me. My kids always say, 'You’ve never heard of that?!'. For me, at my age, a day spent in your pajamas is a win, puttering around the garden with your dogs and telling kids to get off your lawn. I started watching this thing, and I was riveted. It just transports you into another time and another place. I’d seen Camelot and the sort of movies you see on Turner Classic Movies. This was just so gritty and harrowing, really, to think of a time when the mortality rate was so high. Old age was considered 40. After about 20 minutes, I thought, 'Oh no – I have to do this.' I don’t get offered things like this, historical dramas with a British cast!" 

Then the actor took on the role, creating yet another to-be-remembered knight.

Mark Hamill attends the premiere of Disney Pictures and Lucasfilm's 'Solo: A Star Wars Story' at the El Capitan Theatre on May 10, 2018 in Los Angeles, California (Getty Images)

Describing Talus as an intriguing character with a mysterious past, who is also very brutal; Talus is heard saying "You are being trained to become executioners for Christ," in the trailer and Hamill finds that oxymoronic. "Landry and Talus have a very interesting dynamic between their characters, which doesn’t stay the same. It changes and it evolves in subtle ways," he added in the same interview. 

Fans have also noted how strikingly different the actor looks as Talus, and it turns out, Hamill had to do a lot to bring about that physical transformation, which entailed an hour of make-up every day - three scars, a beard, and a wig.’

'Knightfall' season 2, which the actor describes as "Game Of Thrones without the dragons," will air on the History Channel March 25 at 10 p.m. ET/PT.