The Witcher: Blood Origin casts Vikings actor in lead role alongside Jodie Turner-Smith

Zoe Shenton
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Photo credit: Netflix

From Cosmopolitan

Back in July 2020, fans of Netflix's The Witcher were happy to hear there's going to be even more fantasy epic-ness coming their way as the streaming giant announced that a prequel is in development.

The new project, titled The Witcher: Blood Origin, will be set 1,200 years before The Witcher and will form a six-episode miniseries. Here's what else we know about Blood Origin:

What will Blood Origin be about?

The official Netflix synopsis reads: "Blood Origin will tell a story lost to time - the origin of the very first 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."

Lauren Schmidt, who acted as executive producer on season of The Witcher, will return in the same role. Speaking about the new project, she said: "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."

Declan de Barra will act as executive producer and The Witcher writer Andrzej will serve as creative consultant on the series.

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Who will star in The Witcher: Blood Origin?

In January, six months after the series was first announced, Variety reported Jodie Turner-Smith has been cast in one of the lead roles. According to the publication, she "will play a warrior named Éile, who was blessed with the voice of a goddess and leaves her clan and role as the queen’s guardian to follow her heart and embark on a journey as a nomadic musician."

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Photo credit: Getty

In March, Netflix announced Vikings actor Laurence O'Fuarain had been cast in the role of Fjall. Netflix's character description reads: Born into a clan of warriors sworn to protect a King, Fjall carries a deep scar within, the death of a loved one who fell in battle trying to save him. A scar that won't let him settle, or make peace with himself or the world around him. In his quest for redemption, Fjall will find himself fighting beside the most unlikely of allies as he carves a path of vengeance across a continent in turmoil.

Sounds exciting, right?

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