The Witcher: Blood Origin, Netflix’s six-part limited series Witcher spinoff has been in the making for quite some time and now there’s big news to report. Deadline just announced the first lead to star in the upcoming show. Jodie Turner-Smith will play the character Éile, an elven woman who we already knew about from previous casting reports. Deadline describes her part as:
an elite warrior blessed with the voice of a goddess, who has left her clan and position as Queen’s guardian to follow her heart as a nomadic musician. A grand reckoning on the continent forces her to return to the way of the blade in her quest for vengeance and redemption
Turner Smith is a British actress of Jamaican descent, known for her work on The Last Ship, George R. R. Martin’s Nightflyers, and her breakthrough role in Queen and Slim, for which she has received widespread acclaim. Casting director Sophie Holland tweeted in response to the news that finding the character has been a very exciting process.
The Witcher: Blood Origin is headed by Declan De Barra, responsible for penning the fourth episode of The Witcher‘s first season. The Witcher showrunner Lauren Hissrich serves as an executive producer on the show. It is set in a world 1200 years before the start of the main show and will cover the events leading up to the Conjunction of the Spheres and the creation of the first witcher.
This is exciting! Remember, we already know about a few more characters set to appear in Blood Origin including another elf called Fjall, who was described as sort of a rival to Éile, hailing from an opposing clan. With today’s news out, we hope there’ll be more to follow soon. Stay tuned!