The second season of Netflix’s The Witcher has entered production last month and stars Henry Cavill, Anya Chalotra and Freya Allan have already begun filming. Alongside returning cast, season two will introduce a cavalcade of new characters, some of which have been announced, while the actors playing the others remain hidden. Newly uncovered evidence suggests that Game of Thrones star Natalie Dormer may have been cast in one of these roles, but we advise you to take this with a grain of salt.
UPDATE: Natalie Dormer’s representatives have denied her involvement in The Witcher to Screenrant. Netflix have also confirmed this.
Two weeks ago, Dormer was spotted riding a horse in Surrey, near a filming location of The Witcher season two with a crew member who works with Henry Cavill in some capacity. Shortly after, a key member of the show’s casting department seemed to imply that Dormer was indeed involved in the production.
She wrote: “When you remember every day is basically a Saturday on The Witcher. Bring [crew member] and Natalie Dormer laughing, dancing and riding horses!”
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If true, Dormer would be the second Game of Thrones alum to join the cast of season two, following costar Kristofer Hivju (Tormund Giantsbane) who was cast as Nivellen.
Which role might Dormer portray if she were cast? The role of Philippa Eilhart would suit her well, though we still don’t know if Philippa will be introduced in season two. We can also easily imagine her as Queen Meve of Lyria and Rivia.
Other than that we honestly can’t imagine many roles in the upcoming season fit for an actress of her status and that’s an important thing to point out. If you look at Dormer’s latest roles, they are all lead roles. She even wanted to quit Game of Thrones one season early to pursue other projects. So why would she accept a role in a show where there are almost no more female lead roles left?
Perhaps it’s more like what Kristofer Hivju got? One-season role, very brief, but very memorable. In that case we could imagine “Vanessa-Marie“, an original Gaunter O’Dimm-type character that’s set to appear in three to four episodes out of eight. She is described as “A demon, who roams the land bargaining and preying on people’s deepest and darkest desires.” They were also looking for an old white-haired woman for the role, but they could have changed that just for Natalie.
It is also entirely possible that Dormer is not involved in the show after all and this is all a misunderstanding. Maybe she was just visiting the set to see her old friend Henry from Tudors. Still, her being in Surrey, hanging out with the crew and being mentioned by The Witcher‘s casting assistant does raise suspicions.
We are less certain about this casting than we were about Hivju. In Hivju’s case, we were about 90% sure that he would be Nivellen when we initially reported it, but the seeming lack of obvious big roles for Natalie makes us doubt the entire thing a bit more. Also, unlike Kristofer, Natalie has no social media, so no way to investigate that part.
Dormer is most famous for her portrayal of Margaery Tyrell on Game of Thrones, but she has also played significant roles in The Tudors, The Hunger Games, and the upcoming Penny Dreadful spin-off series Penny Dreadful: City of Angels.
Like we said in the beginning, nothing is certain at this point. Take this with a grain of salt until we get more information that would either confirm this suggestion or deny it.
We’ve reached out to Netflix for comment twice, but they remain silent on this topic. We will keep you updated as the story develops.