‘The Witcher: Blood Origin’ Is Being Filmed In Iceland — Here’s Everything We Know about the Cast and Production
Set in a fictional, medieval-inspired landmass, Netflix's The Witcher became a fan favorite upon its release on December 20, 2019. Since then, the craving for a new season of the Henry Cavill starrer has been constant, but fans have been told to wait till December 17 this year.
Amid the wait, Netflix has also announced some spin-offs to the series, extending the franchise and building excitement amongst the fans.
The Witcher: Blood Origin, one of the announced spin-offs, is a live-action prequel limited series, which is set 1200 years before Geralt's time to show the origin of the Witchers. The prequel has also roped in some familiar faces, with as many as 10 new cast members announced recently.
Ahead of its release, here is everything we know about The Witcher: Blood Origin, including its cast and production.
'The Witcher: Blood Origin' Cast
After the announcement of The Witcher: Blood Origin in July 2020, the lead cast for the series was subsequently selected.
The first name revealed for the project was British actress Jodie Turner-Smith, but she later left the series due to scheduling issues. After that, Irish actor Laurence O’Fuarain, Malaysian actress Michelle Yeoh, and British actress Sophia Brown were cast to play lead characters.
On August 16, 2021, 10 new cast members were announced for the six-part prequel series of The Witcher.
According to the release, Mirren Mack will play Merwyn, Lenny Henry will play Balor, Huw Novelli will play Callan “Brother Death,” Francesca Mills will play Meldof, Amy Murray will play Fenrik, Jacob Collins will play Eredin, Lizzie Annis will play Zacaré, Nathaniel Curtis will play Brían, Zach Wyatt will play Syndril, and Dylan Moran will play Uthrok One-Nut.
No Jason Momoa
Jason Momoa was previously reported to be in talks with the casting team to play a major role in The Witcher: Blood Origin.
But the reports have now been completely shut down, as Netflix announced the lead casts for the series with no hint of the Game of Thrones star on the list.
Film Location and Production Team
The filming of the series began in South Iceland in July 2021. One of the locations includes Nauthúsagil, famous for the waterfall and the ravine. The location also has two famous waterfalls, Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss, nearby.
Deadline reports that the prequel series would be directed by two directors: Sarah O’Gorman and Vicky Jewson. O’Gorman, who previously directed Cursed and The Last Kingdom, will direct episodes 101,104, and 106, while Jewson, known for Close and Born of War, will direct episodes 102, 103, and 105.
Declan de Barra will serve as executive producer and showrunner, with Lauren Schmidt Hissrich and Matt O’Toole, as executive producers.
In addition, Jason Brown and Sean Daniel from Hivemind, Tomek Baginski and Jarek Sawko from Platige Films will also serve as executive producers.
The Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski, who wrote The Witcher novels, will be involved in the upcoming series as a creative consultant.
As mentioned earlier, the premise of The Witcher: Blood Origin is set 1200 years before Geralt's time, focusing on the Continent around the time of the Conjunction of the Spheres.
The Conjunction of the Spheres is an event, which, according to Sapkowski's novel series, is a cataclysm involving a multiverse that brought different races and creatures, such as monsters and humans, from different worlds to the Continent.
As we wait for the second season of The Witcher and The Witcher: Blood Origin, we can catch up on the franchise's other spinoff, the animated film, The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf, slated for release on August 23, 2021.