Fans looking to learn more about Netflix and showrunner & EP Declan de Barrathe next prequel series of The Witcher: Origin of Blood weren’t disappointed with today’s global Tudum fan event, with news that Minnie Driver has joined the cast as narrator Seanchai, a shapeshifting collector of ancient lore with the ability to travel between time and the worlds. In other words, she is a sort of tourist guide for the public. “The origin of The Witcher is a whole world and you need help figuring it out,” Driver told Tudum. “So I’m key in helping people understand where that origin story is coming from.” And guess what? The series is slated to hit Netflix in December… December 25th, to be exact. And that’s not all, because we were also treated to news from Henry Cavill that The Witcher Season 3 will arrive in the summer of 2023. Joining the cast are Robbie Amell, Meng’er Zhang, Hugh Skinner, and Christine Elvin. Amell plays an elven fighter named Gallatin, who leads an army of Scoia’tael guerrillas fighting on behalf of Nilfgaard. Zhang is Milva, a human adopted by the Dryads of Brokilon Forest who is a fierce and skilled huntress. Skinner plays Prince Radovid, a royal playboy and the younger brother of King Vizimir (Ed Birch). Elwin is Mistle, a member of the Rats, a gang of misfit teenagers who rob from the rich and give their all.
Here is a return on the teaser of The Witcher: Origin of Blood:
Join Laurence O’Fuarain, Sophie Brownand michelle yeo are you sir Lenny Henry (“The Lord of the Rings” series) as Balor, Mirren Mack (The nest) like Merwyn, Nathaniel Curtis (It’s a sin) like Brian, and Dylan Moron (black books) as Uthrok One-Nut. In addition, Jacob Collins-Levy (Young Wallander) is planned for the role of Eredin, with Lizzie Annis like Zacaré, Huw Novelli (Capturing) as Callan “Brother of Death”, Francesca Moulins (prostitutes) like Meldof, Amy Murray like Fenrik, and Zach Wyatt (Karen Pirie) as Syndril.
Set in an elven world 1200 years before the world of the original Netflix series, The Witcher: Origin of Blood will tell a story lost in time – the creation of the first Witcher prototype and the events leading up to the “conjunction of the spheres”, when the worlds of monsters, men and elves merged into one. Declan de Barra will produce and serve as showrunner, with the witcher showrunner Lauren Schmidt Hissrich and Matt O’Toole also executive producer. Andrzej Sapkowski will serve as a creative consultant on the series. Jason Brown and Sean-Daniel of Hivemind; Tomek Baginsky and Jarek Sawko de Platige Films will all serve as executive producers. With production underway in the UK, Sarah O’Gorman (Damn) is set to direct episodes 101, 104, and 106; and Vicky Jewson (close) will direct episodes 102, 103 and 105.