UPDATE: Smith has since exited the series. See the original story below.
Given the success of The Witcher in almost every media platform, a prequel seemed inevitable. Today Netflix expanded their Witcherverse and will take us back in time with The Witcher: Blood Origin. EW was first to report that Jodie Turner-Smith (Queen & Slim, Nightflyers) would be the first to join the cast.
Turner-Smith will play Éile, who is described in a press release from Netflix as, “an elite warrior blessed with the voice of a goddess, has left her clan and position as Queen’s guardian to follow her heart as a nomadic musician. A grand reckoning on the continent forces her to return to the way of the blade in her quest for vengeance and redemption.”
The series itself will be set about 1,200 years before The Witcher, and be set in an elven world. It will, “tell a story lost to time – the creation of the first prototype Witcher, and the events that lead to the pivotal “conjunction of the spheres,” when the worlds of monsters, men, and elves merged to become one.”
Declan de Barra will act as showrunner for the six part series, with The Witcher showrunner Lauren Schmidt Hissrich joining as an executive producer. There is no premiere date yet, but remember, Season 2 of The Witcher should drop sometime in 2021. Until then, make sure you’re all caught up on Season 1 here.
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