The Witcher: Blood Origin
The Witcher: Blood Origin cast is led by Michelle Yeoh as Scían and Sophia Brown as Éile. The rest of the group differs from the Henry Cavill-led series on Netflix.
The Witcher: Blood Origin Cast News
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Even though Henry Cavill is out as Geralt of Rivia, the word is out that not only will Witcher fans be getting more Witcher in the very near future but Netflix has a new series planned for The Witcher universe. It is called The Witcher: Blood Origin and the spinoff series will tell the story of the very first Witcher.
THE FIRST THE WITCHER: BLOOD ORIGIN TRAILER
The first trailer for The Witcher: Blood Origin dropped in December 2021, giving fans a look at — among other things — Michelle Yeoh as the badass-looking elf Scian. Set to a decidely darker version of Ellie Goulding’s “Burn,” the trailer treats us to landscapes even more gorgeous than what we’re used to in The Witcher. Along with Yeoh, we get some good looks at Sophia Brown (Giri/Haji) as the traveling musician Éile and Laurence O’Fuarain (Vikings) as the axe-wielding elf Fjall.
SOPHIA BROWN JOINED MICHELLE YEOH AS LEAD IN THE WITCHER: THE BLOOD ORIGIN
Though not a ton is known about her character, Sophia Brown from The Capture will be playing Eile in The Witcher: Blood Origin. According to the production notes, Eile will be a musician who was previously with the Queen’s guard. Because this character, and Michelle Yeoh’s Scian are both nomadic in nature, it’s likely we get movement throughout this world even in the limited series.
JASON MOMOA IS NOT IN THE WITCHER: BLOOD ORIGIN
While there were widespread rumors that Jason Momoa would be joining the cast of The Witcher: Blood Origin, the casting apparently wasn’t meant to be. This January news surfaced that Momoa was definitively not on board for the miniseries.
As word leaked that Netflix was circling Aquaman, Jason Momoa himself fanned the flames when he posted some fan art showing both him and Henry Cavill, both looking quite Witcher’ish and Momoa’s words reaching out to Cavill, “@henrycavill what’s up homie.”
As a veteran of the small screen, Momoa broke out as a star during his 73-episode run as Ronan Dex in the series Stargate Atlantis, then jumping up his star power as Khal Drago in an 11-episode stint on the massively popular Game of Thrones. Up next for Aquaman will be the reboot/remake of Frank Herbert’s novel Dune and then the only other calendared event for Momoa is Aquaman 2, which is now scheduled for a December 2022 release.
THE PLOT OF THE WITCHER: BLOOD IS A PREQUEL TO THE SERIES
We do know, without a doubt, that The Witcher: Blood Origin is happening. The story is to be set some 1,200 years before Geralt came to be, telling the story of the very first Witcher. The setting will be in an elven world that will focus on “the events that lead to the pivotal ‘conjunction of the spheres’, when the world of monsters, men, and elves merged to become one.”
This leaves the plot of The Witcher: Blood Origin wide open, almost like an open world video game. Other than broad plot points though, Netflix has not revealed any more plot points or possible actors to join the very first Witcher.
DECLAN DE BARRA IS THE SHOWRUNNER FOR THE WITCHER: BLOOD ORIGIN
The Witcher: Blood Origin‘s showrunner will be Declan de Barra, who worked as a writer for The Witcher, and he will also executive produce. Lauren Schmidt Hissrich will also be on board as an executive producer along with Jason F. Brown, Sean Daniel, Tomek Baginski, and Jarek Sawko. The Witcher book series author Andrzej Sapkowski, will consult on the show, as he did with Cavill’s Witcher.
De Barra couldn’t contain his excitement as he told Deadline, “As a lifelong fan of fantasy, I am beyond excited to tell the story The Witcher: Blood Origin. A question has been burning in my mind ever since I first read The Witcher books – What was the Elven world really like before the cataclysmic arrival of the humans? I’ve always been fascinated by the rise and fall of civilizations, how science, discovery, and culture flourish right before that fall. How vast swathes of knowledge are lost forever in such a short time, often compounded by colonization and a rewriting of history. Leaving only fragments of a civilization’s true story behind. The Witcher: Blood Origin will tell the tale of the Elven civilization before its fall, and most importantly reveal the forgotten history of the very first Witcher.”
Schmidt Hissrich echoed de Barra’s sentiments, “I am so thrilled to collaborate with Declan and the Netflix team on The Witcher: Blood Origin. It’s an exciting challenge to explore and expand The Witcher universe created by Andrzej Sapkowski, and we can’t wait to introduce fans to new characters and an original story that will enrich our magical, mythical world even more.”
THE WITCHER: BLOOD ORIGIN RELEASED ON NETFLIX ON DECEMBER 25, 2022
At first, it was tough to gauge when we would get a chance to see The Witcher: Blood Origin, but the release of the first trailer narrowed things down some.
When in 2022 can we expect The Witcher: Blood Origin? Well, it’s going to be on Christmas Day of this year. Seeing as how it’s a limited series, there will only be four episodes.
Support For More Of The Witcher
When word first got out that streaming giant Netflix was producing The Witcher, a series based on The Witcher saga (novels and short stories) from Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski, fans were on the edge of their seat with anticipation. The novels were best-sellers across the globe, telling the story of Geralt of Rivia, a Witcher who travels the continent hunting down monsters.
Then word got out that actor Henry Cavill (Batman vs Superman, Justice League, Mission: Impossible – Fallout) was chosen to lead the cast as Geralt. Fans were up in arms. But look how that turned out. A 92% positive fan rating via Rotten Tomatoes and a smash hit on Netflix. Fans are anxiously awaiting Witcher season two and now we’re heading for The Witcher: Blood Origin too.
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