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Netflix Announces ‘The Witcher: Blood Origin’ Cast

With 'The Witcher' on its way for a second season, Netflix is gearing up for another prequel series. Who's set to star in it?
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Updated on 4/18/2022

If you’re suffering from The Witcher withdrawals after binge-watching season two, don’t fear! Netflix just announced the cast for The Witcher: Blood Origin, the prequel series that is expected to come to the streaming platform this year.

We’ve Got a Trailer

Netflix released two separate trailers for The Witcher: Blood Origins on December 20, 2021. One was an official trailer, while the other was a post-credits teaser showing the leads on their quests. Neither trailer announced a specific release date, but it’s still due out later this year.

‘The Witcher: Blood Origin’ Cast

The streaming giant announced the leads would be portrayed by Laurence O’Fuarain (Vikings), Michelle Yeoh (Crazy Rich Asians), and Sophia Brown (Marcella).

O’Fuarain will play Fjall, who hails from a warrior clan of elves on a quest for redemption after failing to save a loved one. Yeoh plays Scían, the last of her nomadic tribe of sword-elves launched into a quest that will change the outcome of the Continent.

The Witcher: Blood Origin promo photo
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Brown will replace Jodie Turner-Smith, who had to leave the production for another project. Brown’s role is Éile, an elite warrior blessed with a beautiful voice who left her position as Queen’s guardian to follow her heart as a nomadic musician.

Rumors follow Éile’s role. Some speculate that she will be the first Witcher despite women’s inability to be Witchers. Others think she plays a prominent role in the creation of the first Witcher.

Other cast members include Lenny Henry, Mirren Mack (Sex Education), Nathaniel Curtis (It’s a Sin), Dylan Moran (Black Books), Jacob Collins Levy (Young Wallander), Lizzie Annis, Huw Novelli (The Capture), Francesca Mills (Harlots), Amy Murray, and Zach Wyatt (Karen Pirie).

Henry is also set to star in Amazon Prime Video’s Lord of the Rings TV series. He will portray Balor in The Witcher: Blood Origin.

Most of the characters’ descriptions have been kept under wraps, but Jacob Collins-Levy’s Eredin is expected to be the series’ overarching villain. He is an Elven cavalry commander who leads the Wild Hunt, so expect some direct ties to The Witcher in Blood Origins.

‘The Witcher: Blood Origin’ Crew

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Netflix also announced Sarah O’ Gorman (The Witcher, Cursed) and Vicky Jewson (Born of War) as directors. O’Gorman will direct episodes 101, 104, and 106. Jewson will direct episodes 102, 103, and 105.

Executive producers and showrunners Declan de Barra and Lauren Schmidt Hissrich will be teaming up again to produce the show. They have worked together before on Marvel’s Iron Fist, The Vampire Diaries, and The Witcher.

Other executive producers are Matt O’Toole, Jason Brown and Sean Daniel from Hivemind, and Tomek Baginski and Jarek Sawko from Platige Films. Andrzej Sapkowski will serve as Creative Consultant.

What Is ‘The Witcher: Blood Origin’?

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The Witcher: Blood Origin is a six-episode miniseries set 1,200 years before The Witcher. It will tell the creation of the first Witcher and the events that lead to the pivotal ‘Conjunction of the Spheres’ when the worlds of monsters, men, and elves merge to become one.

The show will cover a period in time called the “lost time” in the novels.

In the cast announcement, Netflix also unveiled the logo for the series. The cast’s headshots were under the title, stylized to include crescent moons and other symbols referencing the magic that will play a large part in the series.

Filming started in Iceland in August but has since wrapped at that location. Production is heading to the United Kingdom soon and wraped up in November. There is no official release date yet.

The Witcher is one of Netflix’s biggest productions, and the second season premiered on December 17 after wrapping production in April 2021. They also recently released the trailer for the season.

We can’t wait for the release date of this new prequel!