UPDATED: The Witcher casts young Geralt and young Vesemir in Season 2


With only two days left until the second season of Netflix’s The Witcher finally wraps production for good, there is still much to be discovered. As they said in Dark, what we know is a drop, what we don’t know is an ocean. But this time we do know something curious.

UPDATE: We have now learned who will play Young Geralt and Young Vesemir in The Witcher Season 2. They will be played by Alexander Squires and James Baxter respectively. We have already known Baxter would be in the second season from the latest cast announcements, but now we finally know who he is playing.

Alexander Squires and James Baxter (Photo credits: Ruthie Deane, Daniel Sutka)

We cannot say whether James Baxter will be voicing Vesemir in The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf, but that is also a possibility as the flashback scene will also include Tamer Hassan (Snatch, The Double) as a mysterious character named Deglan. Deglan was mentioned in the official synopsis for Nightmare of The Wolf:

“Long before mentoring Geralt, Vesemir begins his own journey as a witcher after the mysterious Deglan claims him through the Law of Surprise.

Tamer Hassan (Photo by Jason LaVeris)

ORIGINAL ARTICLE: We have learned that somewhere in Season 2 of The Witcher there will be a flashback scene featuring young Geralt and young Vesemir. We’ve already seen young Geralt played by Tristan Ruggeri in Season 1, but this time we believe it’s very likely Geralt will be several years older than that, hence why Netflix has been looking for a new actor for the role.

Tristan Ruggeri and Anya Chalotra behind the scene of Season 1

As for Vesemir, we don’t know who is cast, but we do know that singer and actor Bradley Jaden auditioned for the role, which reveals to us approximately what age of Vesemir we will see.

Bradley Jaden

Will whoever is cast as young Vesemir in Season 2 also voice him in The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf?

Difficult to say at this point, as we know nearly nothing about the current status of the anime film. We know it was in development since 2019, but we can’t say much about how much voiceover they have at the moment and whether this was a “2 in 1 audition” at all.

That being said, Jaden is a proficient singer which means he has great control of his voice and would be efficient in doing voiceover work as well. But that’s not enough evidence to suggest anything.

There is also the Theo James question.

If you recall, he voiced young Vesemir in Season 1 and since Nightmare of the Wolf started development even before Season 1 was released, many assumed he recorded that one line along with many other lines he may have been doing at the time for the anime. James having done a decent amount of voiceover work for Netflix the recent years may add some weight to that speculation.

Theo James

In any case, we have no information on James’ involvement in The Witcher Season 2 or Nightmare of the Wolf and we will have to wait and see who plays and voices the young Vesemirs in either production. Will there be one for both productions? Will there be two different young Vesemirs?

The Witcher Season 2 is close to wrapping production and Nightmare of the Wolf was rumoured to air not too far from Season 2, which will be released in the second half of 2021.

8 comments on “UPDATED: The Witcher casts young Geralt and young Vesemir in Season 2”

  1. Omg yes!!! I was “certain” there would be flashbacks from geralt’s trial of the grasses but it’s so good to have confirmation. I can’t wait 😭

  2. I was hoping for that! When are we gonna get a trailer for The Nightmare of the Wolf, though? It’s been ages! Thanks for all the news and the updates RI. I hope now that the filming ended the news aren’t!

  3. Young Geralt’s flashbacks and they’ll address Geralt’s disability later. That’s it, give me Geralt and his struggles. I love it!

    1. Me too. I love s1 for the most parts but I can’t wait for the story to dive in to Geralt’s past and the Witchers’ tranformation. I missed that in s1 but I knew it was coming.

  4. I am afraid this makes little sense. Instead of meandering with the story into territory that is only vaguely related to the book material, it would help to keep things more focused. I tend to agree that for the show to work on screen, some changes have to be made, and even though I like much of what’s in the books overall, I acknowledge that there are parts that aren’t brilliantly written, so improvement is occasionally called for. However, what we have seen in season 1 weren’t changes for the better. Rather, the sometimes incomplete story line from the first two books (remember The Last Wish and Sword of Destiny are collections of short stories, not coherent novels) got even more muddled up in the show. It would help to avoid including additional scenes (in particular, flashbacks) which aren’t necessary, and to better flesh out scenes from the books which are important for the story as it progresses, so as to develop a clear cut timeline allowing also viewers who haven’t read the books to follow the events and understand their connections without confusion.

  5. Can’t wait for the second season, so excited to see what they’ve done for the Kaer Morhen scenes. Thanks for keeping us informed about the Witcher.

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