The Witcher prequel series is getting ready–bring on the monsters.
The Witcher: Blood Origin–the six-episode Netflix series that delves into the Elven world some 1,200 years before events in The Witcher–is now filming in the UK, according to Deadline, and several cast members and directors were announced this week.
The new series–from showrunner Declan de Barra and executive producers Lauren Schmidt Hissrich and Matt O’Toole–will explore the creation of the prototype Witcher and the events that led up to the Conjunction of the Spheres, “when the worlds of monsters, men and Elves merged to become one.”
Lenny Henry has been cast as Balor, Mirren Mack as Merwyn, Nathaniel Curtis as Brian and Dylan Moran as Uthrok One-Nut (definitely a name to conjure with). They join Laurence O’Fuarain, Sophia Brown, Michelle Yeoh, Jacob Collins Levy (as Eredin), Lizzie Annis (as Zacare), Huw Novelli (as Callan), Francesca Mills (as Meldof), Amy Murray (as Fenrik) and Zach Wyatt (as Syndril).
For directors, the show has lined up Sarah O’Gorman (helming episodes 101, 104 and 106) and Vicky Jewson (directing episodes 102, 103 and 105).
The Witcher: Blood Origin is based on the book series by Andrzej Sapkowski, who is also on board the prequel as a creative consultant. “It is exciting that the world of The Witcher–as planned in the very beginning–is expanding,” he said.
The Witcher–starting its second season Dec. 17–follows the adventures of Geralt of Rivia (Henry Cavill)–a magically enhanced monster hunter known as a Witcher–who is linked by destiny to Princess Ciri (Freya Allan). Geralt is joined on his quests by Yennefer of Vengerberg (Anya Chalotra), an Elf sorceress, and Jaskier (Joey Batey), a traveling bard.
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