News on Netflix’s The Witcher season two have been scarce of late, after all the ruckus caused by the new cast announcements, set reports and leaked images. In all likelihood, this doesn’t mean that things have quietened down, as recent cast activity suggests the production is busy filming at least two different settings (more on that later). In other news, we also have some new cast members to welcome to the witcher family!
Let’s get the new ones out right away. As per his agency, British actor Andrew Paul just wrapped filming on The Witcher season two, although the notice doesn’t mention the role he was cast in. Paul is mostly known for playing police constable Dave Quinnan in ITV’s decade spanning drama series The Bill. Over the years, he also appeared in other long-running British productions such as Eastenders, Coronation Street and Casualty.
UPDATE: We now know that Andrew Paul will be playing the original character Colin Coppercloth, likely the husband or relative of the recently revealed Meena Coppercloth (Lesley Ewen). It s unclear how exactly these characters will come into play in the second season, but given the fact that Paul has already wrapped working on The Witcher an early episode appearance seems a safe bet.
Guy Samuels makes another addition to the cast, albeit a minor one. His CV lists him as a “Guard”, which probably means he’ll be appearing as a background actor with limited screentime. As to what or who he will be guarding, there are several options. He could be a soldier in the service of one of the various kingdom featuring in season two, or just a regular city guard. So far, Samuels has mostly played small roles in various films and television shows, among them Eastenders, The Aeronauts and Automat.
Meanwhile, the cast and crew of The Witcher are still hard at work getting two hopefully iconic sequences done, that will feature early in the new season. Actors Thue Ersted Rasmussen (Eskel) and Paul Bullion (Lambert) got to spend some quality time, likely after having used an opportune moment to escape the watchful eyes of their drillmaster Vesemir (Kim Bodnia). In true witcher fashion, the pair celebrated with a couple of pints.
Thanks to Agnes Born (Vereena), we can also presume that there is a second scene in the making. As shared on her Instagram, the Norwegian actress is still in the UK and probably filming the show’s version of the short story A Grain of Truth alongside co-star Kristofer Hivju (Nivellen) and lead Henry Cavill (Geralt). While there has been no sighting of the old manor Nivellen occupies, it is likely that the interior scenes are being filmed at The Witcher’s headquarters at Arborfield Studios.
Lastly, we would be remiss in our duties to not mention another intriguing bit of information that has come up recently. According to her CV on IMDb, Aisha Fabienne Ross, who is set to play the mysterious sorceress Lydia van Bredevoort will appear in episodes 5 and 8 of the new season. While IMDb can be edited by anyone, this clue is specific enough to be legimitate (as has previously been the case with similarly precise entries in season one). As Lydia is closely connected to Mahesh Jadu‘s Vilgefortz of Roggeveen this could point to an increased role for the dashing sorcerer towards the end of the season.
It is worth noting that the profiles of fellow cast members Mecia Simson (Francesca) and Kim Bodnia have also been updated and now include appearances in seven and one episodes respectively. Although not confirmed, Simson might indeed be appearing in seven out of eight episodes given that she plays a lead role, however we’d wager that Bodnia’s entry is just a placeholder for now as Vesemir is supposed to appear in three or four episodes.
We’re excited for new cast updates, especially since some of the meatier roles for the second season, including the imposing spymaster Dijkstra and the villainous stooge Rience are still not announced. We’ll keep you updated on anything we hear. In the meantime, let’s hope the coming weeks will shed some clarity on the state of filming.