More than two months have passed since showrunner Lauren Hissrich, Henry Cavill, and the team of The Witcher left the relative isolation of Arborfield Studios to film on location. While we don’t know what remains to be filmed, casting news have been sparse, apart from our recent report on Queen Meve. With several main roles still outstanding, we can’t help but thinking there’s still some way to go.
Today, we can share three new additions to the cast. There’s also an update on an actress we mentioned in a previous report, and the role she plays seemingly confirms a theory of ours on what is going on in Kaer Morhen (obligatory spoiler warning). More details below the cut.
Three more to think about
First is Emily Pollet who played a series regular in ITV’s Emmerdale from 2014 to 2017. Her credits mention her character in The Witcher as Human Mother G, which is likely not the final name. If that’s too enigmatic for you, we may have something that explains who she is. Earlier this year, we found a witcher audition tape for a part called ‘character G’, uploaded by actress Nila Blue on vimeo. It’s very short. In fact it’s so short that we didn’t think much of it at the time. Now it looks like they are one and the same character.
In the video, the woman is begging someone not to separate her and another character (very likely her daughter): “Please you’re hurting her. Take me too. Please don’t separate us!” While the script doesn’t mention who she is pleading with, we think there’s something curious about her role being explicitly stated as ‘human’. Could this be a human woman who married an elf and gave birth to a half-elven daughter? If so, who is after them? Are they the victims of a racial pogrom or do they perhaps encounter the Scoia’tael, a notorious guerilla that is recruiting non-humans to their cause?
Next is Cayvan Coates who will join the cast in an as yet unknown role. The young actor recently graduated from the prestigious Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (RADA) and has mostly featured in theatre-plays, fitting casting director Sophie Holland’s appreciation for stage-talent.
Lastly, we have British actor James Eeles who appeared in productions such as Britannia, Peaky Blinders, Darkest Hour, and Fearless. We don’t know his role in the series but an October tweet from his agency mentions he will begin shooting for The Witcher soon, which probably means he has started already.
Kaer Morhen is getting crowded
If you’ve been following The Witcher production news for some time, you may recall our September report on a fight scene taking place within the ruins of the ancient witcher fortress of Kaer Morhen. After learning that several actresses were present for the shoot, we speculated that they could play a group of sex workers who find themselves at Kaer Morhen for unknown reasons. One of the actresses has since updated her cv, confirming that she plays a sex worker in the show. We’ve left the entry below but cropped out the non-relevant details to avoid getting her into trouble.
We don’t how a group of sex workers would find their way to the secluded valley of Kaer Morhern in northern Kaedwen. Time will tell what their role is and how they figure into the fight scene shot in September. For now, we can just speculate.
In our original report, we brought up a new character code-named Anna who is described as ‘A fierce sex-worker joining a group of soldiers who she isn’t afraid to boss around‘. With the new evidence in mind, this Anna is presumably among the sex-workers present at Kaer Morher, while the ‘group of soldiers‘ likely refers to the witchers. It’s possible (though not confirmed) that they will also be joined by Imogen Daines’ Danica, a returning character who made Geralt’s acquaintance in season one.
That’s it for today. We hope to hear more casting soon, especially since we’re still waiting for heavyweights like Philippa, Rience or Dijkstra to be announced. Catch up on the latest production news on our twitter and stay tuned for more!