Filming of the The Witcher has picked up again and while there is still some way to go, it sure feels like Henry Cavill and the team are slowly nearing a milestone. In addition to some well recognizable faces from season one, we know that the new second season will also include an interesting mix of new characters. Some from the books and some original. Many still to be revealed.
Our previous findings suggest that the Northern monarchs will have a role to play in the events filmed at Fountains Abbey in November. Later that month, we disclosed that Rebecca Hanssen will play Queen Meve of Lyria and Rivia and now we know the name of a colleague of hers as well as some others playing currently unknown characters. More on that below the cut.
Cornish actor Edward Rowe (Bait, Kernow King’s Poldark) joins Hanssen as King Henselt, known to book and game fans alike as the redoubtable and somewhat warmongering ruler of Kaedwen, the largest of the Northern realms that includes the secluded witcher fortress of Kaer Morhen. Rowe will appear in one or more episodes directed by Ed Bazalgette (Episodes 5 and 8).
If the name rings a bell for some, it might because he in fact auditioned for another and probably smaller role earlier this year. The audition video was removed shortly after we published it, but the transcription can still be read here. While Rowe seemingly did not get the part, the casting team must have liked his performance enough to offer him the role of Henselt. We think he’ll be a great fit for the gruff, unpolished military man that is Henselt. And, of course, he looks very similar to the game rendition of Henselt.
In other news, we can also announce two other actors who will join the cast of The Witcher in currently unknown roles. First is Ed Birch (known from his involvement in shows such as Sherlock, The Alienist, and The Last Kingdom) who will appear in one or more episodes directed by Stephen Surjik (Episodes 1 and 2). Second is Julie Barclay (Coronation Street, Broadchurch) who has yet to film her scenes for The Witcher.
This concludes our casting roundup. With Henselt and Meve in the fray, we expect the other Northern monarchs, especially kings Vizimir of Redania and Demavend of Aedirn to show up as well. As usual we’ll update you on anything that comes up.