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Meet the cast of The CW's 'Labyrinth'

First, let’s establish that Labyrinth isn’t a remake (or reboot) of the classic 1980s film. And no, it doesn’t also star David Bowie. Yup, bummer. But do not fret! What makes this Labyrinth stand out is a pretty impressive cast.

Labyrinth first aired in Canada and the UK a couple years ago, and now, thanks to The CW, this two-part miniseries will finally air in the States on Thursday and Friday, May 22 and 23. It is based on an adaptation of Kate Mosse’s best-selling novel of the same name. The story follows the lives of two women, one living in modern France and one living during the time of the Crusades. The two are connected by visions and time travel, and eventually become united in a search for the Holy Grail.

Time travel, history, magic and adventure all rolled into one is a major selling point for this series. Yet what seals the deal is the cast. I was surprised as I examined the cast list when reading about Labyrinth. Read on, and be surprised too.

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Jessica Brown Findlay

Most Popular for Playing: Lady Sybil Crawley/Branson in Downton Abbey

Last Seen Playing: Colin Farrell’s love interest in Winter’s Tale

Who She Plays in Labyrinth: Alais Pelletier Du Mas. Alais is the medieval counterpart of the two females leading this series. Newly married, Alais is living through the Crusades and the Cathar massacres in medieval France. She joins her father in a secret mission to protect three sacred books that reveal the mystery behind the Holy Grail from the Crusaders.

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Vanessa Kirby

Most Popular for Playing: Arguably Estella in Great Expectations (2011), or Joanna in About Time

Last Seen Playing: The eccentric sister in About Time

Who She Plays in Labyrinth: Alice Tanner. In modern France, Alice is volunteering at an archaeological dig and discovers the remains of two people in a cave, as well as a ring with a labyrinth engraved on it. When she touches the ring, she has a vision of Alais. Her discovery of the cave and the ring catch the attention of a few shady, mysterious people.

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John Hurt

Most Popular for Playing: Some may say John Merrick in The Elephant Man, but who can forget that scene of Hurt as Kane in Alien?

Last Seen Playing: The Doctor himself in Doctor Who

Who He Plays in Labyrinth: Audric Baillard, a modern mystic who opens the series and eventually becomes integral to the plot and the search for the Holy Grail.

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Tom Felton

Most Popular for Playing: Draco Malfoy in Harry Potter

Last Seen Playing: Pulling another bigoted asshat in Belle

Who He Plays in Labyrinth: Viscount Trencavel. The viscount is a nice change of pace for Felton, who plays this noble with a ton of earnestness. Trencavel is dedicated to protecting his people from the violence of the Crusades at all costs.

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Sebastian Stan

Most Popular for Playing: Carter Baizen in Gossip Girl Bucky Barnes in Captain America

Last Seen Playing: Steve Rogers’ better (or worse) half in Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Who He Plays in Labyrinth: Will Franklyn. Stan always has that mysterious look on his face, which is perfect for this character. Will is part of a modern-day cult that believes it should have the Holy Grail. He plays a spy in order to find out Alice’s involvement with the mystery.

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Tony Curran

Most Popular for Playing: It’s tough to pick among Curran’s supporting roles in Underworld: Evolution, 24, Doctor Who and The Pillars of the Earth

Last Seen Playing: An alien who is head of a seedy underworld in Defiance

Who He Plays in Labyrinth: Guy D’Evreux. The villainous lord is also on the search for the Holy Grail, and makes circumstances more difficult for Alais and company.

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Katie McGrath

Most Popular for Playing: Morgana in Merlin (but you will see her soon in the much anticipated Jurassic World)

Last Seen Playing: Lucy Westenra in NBC’s Dracula

Who She Plays in Labyrinth: Oriane Congost. Oriane is Alais’ jealous and conniving sister. Think your siblings are bad? Just wait until you see all the trouble Oriane causes. 

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Emun Elliot

Most Popular for Playing: Marillion in Game of Thrones

Last Seen Playing: A supporting role in the insane James McAvoy-starring Filth

Who He Plays in Labyrinth: Guilhem du Mas. Guilheim is a knight known for his top-notch sword-wielding and jousting skills. More important, he plays Alais’ not-so-faithful husband.

Labyrinth airs in two parts, on May 22 and May 23, at 8/7 C on The CW.

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