The first cast member for Netflix’s prequel series to it’s hugely successful The Witcher has been announced. Jodie Turner-Smith will star as Éile, an elite elven warrior. The series itself will take place in an elven civilization, 1200 years prior to the events of The Witcher. The prequel shows official title; The Witcher: Blood Origin; is related to the main plot points that will be covered by the 6 part series. Fans will get to see “The Conjunction of Spheres”, a cataclysmic event which joins the worlds of elves, men, and monsters as one. Also covered will be the creation of the very first Witcher.
There has been no production schedule announced for The Witcher: Blood Origin yet. We do know, however, that the follow-up season to The Witcher is set to film at some stage this year.
While we know little of the possible plot for the new series, we have some small details of Turner-Smiths character Éile. According to Deadline, Éile is “an elite warrior blessed with the voice of a goddess, who has left her clan and position as Queen’s guardian to follow her heart as a nomadic musician.” So a badass busker, basically. Naturally enough this elven busker encounters some strife and must embark on a quest for vengeance. Possibly against a dude who threw a used crisp packet in her guitar case. Let’s not rule that one out.
The Witcher: Blood Origin will be helmed by Declan de Barra, who was a lead writer for original Witcher series. Andrzej Sapkowski, author of The Witcher book series, will serve as creative consultant.
I’m not sure how this one will be received, to be honest, and I have my doubts. Sure, The Witcher series was very successful, but that was based directly on a massively popular video game franchise. And it also starred Henry Effin’ Cavill. Will there really be enough of a fan-base there to watch a prequel show loosely connected the game? With no Cavill?
Obviously, Netflix is happy to take the chance, but that’s probably why they’ve limited it to a six-episode standalone. Most likely this is Netflix testing the waters for a possible universe expansion. A Witcher-verse, if you will… Unwarranted speculation aside, you can rest assured we’ll have any Witcher news, big or small, no sooner than you can say: “Toss a coin to your witcher…”