Along with the second season of Witcher’s main show, starring Henry Cavill as the White Wolf, Netflix has also confirmed two more spinoffs that will explore the world Geralt of Rivia calls home.
There’s the anime film The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf, which stars Geralt’s mentor Vesemir, as well as a live-action series that follows the origin story of the very first Witcher. Here’s everything we know about The Witcher: Blood Origins.
What is the release date of The Witcher: Blood Origins?
Although Netflix announced Blood Origins in the summer of 2020, there is still no set date for when it will reach our screens. It might have something to do with the troubled production of season two of The Witcher, which was cut short by the pandemic and then injuries to its star Henry Cavill, but which recently wrapped filming.
This keeps the team moving forward, and Witcher’s fan site Redanian Intelligence reports that the cameras will roll between late July and late November. This could lead to the show making its debut at the end of 2021 (what a great Christmas present for all of us) or at the start of the New Year.
What is the story of The Witcher: Blood Origins?
As we said at the start, this new show follows the genesis of the Witchers, with the story centered on the first to carry swords made of silver and steel. The official Netflix text reads as follows:
“Set in an elven world 1200 years before the world of The Witcher, Blood Origin will tell a lost story – the origin of the very first Witcher, and the events leading up to the crucial“ conjunction of the spheres ”, when the des worlds of monsters, men and elves have merged into one. ”
Who are the cast and crew of The Witcher: Blood Origins?
With the delays in filming for The Witcher season 2, there was an unfortunate ripple effect with a major Blood Origins actor.
Jodie Turner-Smith, who starred in Queen & Slim, Jett, and Nightflyers, was supposed to play Eile, a seasoned and deadly warrior, but conflicts in her schedule due to the delayed start of Blood Origins meant she had to quit. the project. to honor agreements on other productions. So far, there have been no details on who will replace her in the role.
Deadline reports that Eile is a warrior who is leaving Queen’s guardian post to fulfill her ambition to become a traveling musician. But it doesn’t take long before she has to pick up her sword again, as world events take a turn for the worse.
We dare say that Eile will be a more formidable opponent than the musician Dandelion who accompanied Geralt in his adventures through the series The Witcher. However, she will be hard-pressed to find a song as good as “Toss a Coin to your Witcher”.
We know Laurance O’Fuarain (Game of Thrones, Vikings) will play Fjall. Deadline also does a great job of depicting the character’s story as being part of a tribe of warriors whose role is to protect their king. In a previous battle, he lost someone he loved who died trying to save him, and that leaves a man haunted in search of redemption.
IMDB lists Jon Prophet as the mysteriously named The Severed, but so far there are no details on what his story will involve.
Netflix has confirmed that the series will be directed by Declan De Barra and Lauren Schmidt, who was responsible for Witcher’s main series, so it should bring some consistency across the franchise. Andrzej Sapkowski, who created the Witcher universe in his series of novels, is also on board as a creative consultant.
Where can I watch The Witcher: Blood Origins?
Since this is a Netflix Original show, you will need a Netflix subscription to access it when the series finally arrives. Until then, you can level up by enjoying The Witcher and the upcoming anime film The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf on the streaming service. You can of course also enjoy the excellent Witcher Romans and play the equally fantastic game Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt on PC or console.