The Witcher: Blood Origin, Netflix’s upcoming prequel series to The Witcher, has officially announced its first cast member: Jodie Turner-Smith will play the role of Éile, “an elite warrior blessed with the voice of a goddess”.
Turner-Smith is best known for her starring role alongside Daniel Kaluuya in Queen & Slim, and also appeared in Syfy’s Nightflyers, based on the George R.R. Martin novella.
A Netflix press release describes Éile as, “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. A grand reckoning on the continent forces her to return to the way of the blade in her quest for vengeance and redemption.”
There’s not a lot more to go on about Éile, as Blood Origin is a prequel set 1,200 years before the main Witcher show – a period never explored in any depth in the original Witcher novels.
The show’s logline reads: “Set in an elven world 1200 years before the world of The Witcher, Blood Origin 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.”
Blood Origin is being developed by the original series’ showrunner, Lauren Schmidt Hissrich, and Declan de Barra, who wrote the season 1 episode ‘Of Banquets, Bastards and Burials’, and will comprise 6 episodes.
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Blood Origin doesn’t yet have a release date, but it’s not the only ongoing Witcher TV production – there’s also an anime adaptation, and Season 2 of the core show is on the way, due for release this year. It previously had to halt production due to the ongoing effects of the pandemic. We’re also expecting Season 3 to come along too.
Here’s what to expect from The Witcher Season 2. The show will be set in a single timeline this time around, solving perhaps the biggest issue we had in our Witcher Season 1 review.