Netflix Recasts Key Role Of Eskel On ‘The Witcher’

Even Witchers are not immune to the chaos brought about by this year’s COVID-19 pandemic.

Netflix this week announced a casting change for The Witcher series as it continues production on the hit show’s second season, as reported by Deadline. The role of Eskel–a Witcher of the School of the Wolf with strong magic powers–will now be portrayed by Basil Eidenbenz, who replaces Thue Ersted Rasmussen in the part.

Rasmussen explained his departure–due to a conflict in his schedule because of the show’s production delays caused by the virus crisis–in an Instagram post. “Sadly, due to the rescheduling because of COVID-19,” the actor posted, “I will not be portraying Eskel in The Witcher.”

Rasmussen expressed mixed emotions in the balance of his post. “It’s heartbreaking, of course, but I mostly feel happy and grateful for the days I got to spend on set earlier this year,” he wrote. “Everyone was extremely engaged and passionate about the project, and it was a truly inspiring experience.”

Eidenbenz–whose resume includes roles in Victoria and The Athena–reportedly has already started filming his new role for The Witcher’s second season episodes.

The rest of the cast includes Henry Cavill (Geralt), Anya Chalotra (Yennefer), Freya Allan (Ciri), Jodhi May (Calanthe), Bjorn Hynur Haraldsson (Eist), Adam Levy (Mousesack), MyAnna Buring (Tissala), Mimi Ndiweni (Fringilla), Therica Wilson-Read (Sabrina), Emma Appleton (Renfri), Eamon Farren (Cahir), Joey Batey (Jaskier), Lars Mikkelsen (Stregobor), Royce Pierreson (Istredd), Maciej Musial (Sir Lazlo), Wilson Radjou-Pajalte (Dara) and Anna Shaffer (Triss).

The Witcher–led by showrunner Lauren Schmidt Hissrich–is based on the fantasy book series of the same name that follows Geralt of Rivia, “a solitary monster hunter (who) struggles to find his place in a world where people often prove more wicked than beasts,” according to the official synopsis. When Geralt joins forces with “a powerful sorceress and a young princess with a dangerous secret, the three must learn to navigate the volatile Continent together.”

Keep reading Horror News Network for more updates on Season 2 of The Witcher–slated to debut on Netflix next year–as well as on the upcoming prequel spinoff, The Witcher: Blood Origin.


Thomas Tuna
Thomas Tuna
Thomas A. Tuna is a comic book veteran who began his writing career back in the ’70s with Charlton Comics, contributing to such horror titles as Ghost Manor, Haunted, The Many Ghosts of Dr. Graves and Ghostly Haunts. Most recently, he has served as a writer and editor (with more than a smattering of horror yarns) for such comic book websites as Hyper Epics and Red Moon Features. Some of his favorite horror flicks include Jaws, Salem’s Lot, Dracula (with Frank Langella) and Blade. His favorite horror comic books? Tomb of Dracula (by Marv Wolfman and Gene Colan) and Swamp Thing (by Len Wein and Berni Wrightson).

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