Offers "The Last Templar" Preview Online 1/16/09
UNIVERSAL CITY, California – Spotlighting NBC's upcoming four-hour
miniseries "The Last Templar" (for broadcast on Sunday and
Monday, January 25-26, 9-11 p.m. ET both nights), The NBC Agency has
produced "Making 'The Last Templar,'" a 30-minute sneak peek of
the epic adventure to be conveyed over NBC's affiliate stations beginning
in January (check local listings) and available on NBC.com at http://www.nbc.com/the-last-templar/
now through February 24.
"Making 'The Last Templar'" roams around the world and behind
the scenes of the international production. The special features Oscar
winner Mira Sorvino, Scott Foley, Victor Garber and Omar Sharif as they
share their experience of making this epic action-adventure on location in
Montreal and Morocco. The show also takes a look at the amazing stunts,
special effects, and exotic locations that are featured in the film -- and
examines the background of the legendary and mystical medieval Templars.
"Making The Last Templar" is a production of The NBC Agency
and RHI Entertainment.
In the miniseries, Oscar winner Sorvino ("Mighty Aphrodite,"
"Mimic") stars in an epic action-adventure tale about the
greatest mystery of modern time. As the journey begins, Tess Chaykin (Sorvino),
a Manhattan archaeologist, reluctantly teams up with FBI agent Sean Daley
(Foley, "The Unit," "Felicity") – and the pair are
drawn into a fast-paced, romantic adventure as they attempt to uncover the
lost secrets of the legendary medieval Knights Templar.
The miniseries also features Garber ("Eli Stone,"
"Alias") as Monsignor De Angelis, a high-placed Vatican envoy.
Veteran thespian Sharif ("Doctor Zhivago," "Lawrence of
Arabia") rounds out the all-star cast playing the role of Konstantin,
a Greek savant who rescues Tess and Agent Daley after they are shipwrecked
and wash up on the beach at Symi.
"The Last Templar" opens at a premiere gala for an exhibition
of Vatican treasures at the Fine Arts Museum in New York City. Shortly
after arriving, Tess witnesses four masked horsemen, dressed as Templar
Knights, storm into the Museum, scattering Manhattan society. Tess watches
in silent terror as the leader of the horsemen hones in on one particular
piece -- a strange geared device that he grabs as he disappears into
Rewind to 1291 with the fall of the Latin Kingdom's reign in the Holy
Land in Acre. As the burning city is taken by the Sultan's forces, a lone
galley escapes out to sea, carrying Martin of Carmaux, a young knight from
the historic order of the Knights Templar. Also on the galley are Martin's
mentor, Aimard of Villiers and a mysterious chest that contains a secret
Templar scroll which was entrusted to them by the Order's dying Grand
Master. But the ship never reaches its destination and the secret scroll
is never revealed.
Back to present day, as the horsemen's dead bodies start turning up --
and the importance of the stolen device becomes more apparent -- Tess and
Agent Daley are drawn into the dark, hidden history of the crusading
Knights and of the last surviving Templars' fateful journey from Acre. The
pair is soon propelled into a dangerous adventure that takes them into the
cemeteries and sewers of Manhattan, across continents, through desolate
Turkish highlands and finally to a violent storm on the Mediterranean that
shipwrecks them onto a remote Greek island -- and into the very heart of
an incredible Vatican secret.
"The Last Templar" is produced by Muse Entertainment
Enterprises. Emmy Award-winning television impresario Robert Halmi Sr.
("Tin Man," "Gulliver's Travels"), Robert Halmi, Jr.
("The Poseidon Adventure," "The Christmas Card"), and
Michael Prupas ("Human Trafficking") serve as executive
producers of the miniseries.
Source: NBC Press Release