According to a new report, The Witcher: Blood Origin has officially started filming in the U.K., and added to its ever-growing cast. The fantasy series is a prequel to The Witcher, a book series that has been adapted into a video game series as well as a TV show that became one of Netflix’s biggest rating draws after debuting in 2019. Starring Henry Cavill, the show follows Geralt of Rivia, a witcher and famous monster hunter, as he finds himself entangled in a twisted web of fate, destiny, and magic. Its prequel show will come on the heels of The Witcher season 2, which wrapped production in April.
As reported by Deadline, The Witcher: Blood Origin has added new actors to the cast, including Lenny Henry, Mirren Mack, Nathaniel Curtis, and Dylan Moran. Other recent additions are Jacob Collins-Levy, Lizzie Annis, Francesca Mills, and Zach Wyatt. Leading the six-part series are Laurence O’Fuarain (Fjall), Sophia Brown (Éile), and Michelle Yeoh (Scian), whose casting was announced in July. The show is currently filming in the U.K. and sees Sarah O’Gorman and Vicky Jewson directing.
The Witcher: Blood Origin was first announced by Netflix in July 2020. The upcoming project is just one of The Witcher‘s spinoff series, the other being a 2D animated movie titled The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf. But unlike Nightmare of the Wolf, Blood Origin is a live-action prequel series, set 1200 years before Geralt’s time. The show will explore the history of witchers, and will explain the events that led to the Conjunction of the Spheres, when the worlds of monsters, elves, and men became one.
It’s unclear when Blood Origin will hit the streaming service, but the show is bound to be a compelling installment in The Witcher franchise, especially for fans hoping to learn more about the origin of the first witcher. However, viewers have plenty of upcoming projects to look forward to before then: Nightmare of the Wolf arrives on Netflix on August 23rd, and season 2 of The Witcher is expected to release on December 17th. Blood Origin could be a perfect tie-in to The Witcher season 2, and by taking a deep dive into the past, it could be an exciting setup for the show’s future storylines.