Filming of the much anticipated second season of The Witcher has begun last week and it’s that time of the year again. Everyone is wondering what the new season will bring, which storylines from Andrzej Sapkowki‘s beloved novels will be adapted and what characters will make it to the screen. On that account, we’re pleased to say, we have very positive news, as we’ve recently learned of a casting breakdown from reliable insider Daniel Ritchman, containing detailed information on the new season’s main additions.
Before reading ahead, keep in mind that the names are obviously fake, made up for the audition process, which is a regular practice in the industry. However, it isn’t too hard to decipher the real characters behind most of the descriptions. As you will see for yourself, there are some long-awaited characters, notable absentees and intriguing additions among them.
Lead Role, Age 20-30
The most beautiful woman in the world. Tall, intelligent, powerful and protective of her child.
Lead Role, Age 20-30
A warrior type. Deadly with a sword. Charged with training a young apprentice. Easy-going and fun.
As we revealed in a previous report, Coën will be played by Yasen Atour.
Lead Role, Age 30-40
A tall, sharp-tongued warrior. Inclined to give in to pleasures like food, sex and booze but trustworthy.
Lambert will be played by Paul Bullion and we gotta say the description is a 100% match.
Lead Role, 60-69
No description but they’re looking for a well-known actor. There was no codename assigned to Vesemir.
Recurring Role, Age 20-25, Appears in four episodes
Large build, tall. Youthful and jovial. The younger brother of Frankie (Francesca) who depends on her leadership.
Recurring Role, Age 40-50, Appears in three episodes
A giant of a man, Chief of Intelligence and the right-hand of the King. Very smart and crafty.
We know that Graham McTavish auditioned for the role but he likely didn’t get the part.
Recurring Role, Age 70-100, Appears in three to four episodes,
A very old white haired woman. A demon, who roams the land bargaining and preying on people’s deepest and darkest desires.
Recurring Role, Age 30-35, Appears in three episodes
Fit and full of anger. Imprisoned by the queen, he later finds himself in charge of searching for the prized Jewel. Smart, cunning, and sadistic. He will stop at nothing to get what he wants.
Recurring Role, Age 20-25, Appears in two episodes
Dark hair, almond eyes. Bears the scars from an experiment gone wrong. Secretary and Assistant to the Master. Carries out a horrible deed.
Recurring Role, Age 12-14, Appears in two to three episodes
A young girl with raven hair. Sadistic and smart.
Violet will be played by Carmel Laniado, as revealed by deadline.
Guest Role, Age 25-35, Appears in the first episode
Cursed as a young aristocrat. Charming, funny and remorseful.
Kristofer Hivju is now confirmed to play Nivellen.
Guest Role, Age 18-27
Physical experience required. Beautiful, fragile and vulnerable on the outside. When threatened, she is capable of brutal violence. There’s something animalistic about her.
Guest Role, Age 70 – 100, Appears in one episode
Tall, charming. Wrinkled but fresh-faced. She is a healer and an oracle with a gift for divinations and prophecies. Warm and fear inducing at the same time. Nudity required.
We’re not quite sure why nudity is required if she is indeed Ithinne; but the rest fits her description quite well, especially the part about her being an oracle with a gift for divinations and prophecies.
Guest Role, Age 25-30, Appears in one episode
A fierce sex worker, she joins a group of soldiers who she isn’t afraid to boss around.
As you may have noticed there are some very intriguing new details about characters we know from the books like the fact that Francesca Findabair will have a younger brother and a child in the show or the horrible deed that is hinted at in Lydia’s description. This should give book fans more than enough to speculate for months. It is also quite striking that some of the main characters we expected to see in the second season are absent, most notably of course the sorceress Philippa Eilhart. While that doesn’t necessarily mean she is cut, we may just have to wait a while longer to see Lady Owl on screen…