Pre-production for The Witcher prequel titled Blood Origin is starting at Arborfield Studios and more actors and roles are coming to light. While we still don’t know who will play the female lead after Jodie Turner-Smith left the project, we can reveal another male lead to appear on our screens besides Laurence O’Fuarain‘s Fjall Stoneheart. That is none other than Eredin Bréacc Glas.
You heard that right. We can reveal that Eredin will be played by Australian actor Jacob Collins-Levy in The Witcher: Blood Origin. Collins-Levy is known for his roles in Starz’s The White Princess and more recently Netflix’s Young Wallander.
The inclusion of Eredin in Blood Origin is interesting not only because of who he is and what that can mean for the story, but also because of the casting itself. If you recall, several weeks ago we reported that in The Witcher Season 2, Eredin would be played by Sam Hazeldine.
While Sam Hazeldine’s role in Season 2 is closer to a cameo, Collin-Levy’s role in Blood Origin is far more substantial as he is one of the leads and likely a villain. It’s also worth mentioning that Eredin, who is the leader of the infamous Red Riders, will be referred to as “Captain”.
So why the actor change? Perhaps conflicting schedules or maybe Blood Origin intends to visually portray Eredin younger to underline a difference between the older and younger versions. The series is set 1200 years before the main show, but then again time flows differently in different worlds, so we’ll have to wait and see what this particular decision means.
As we previously reported, filming itself is currently set to span from late July/early August to late November 2021 with directors Sarah O’Gorman and Vicky Jewson. Lead star Laurence O’Fuarain has already started his visits to Arborfield Studios.
As this is just the beginning for The Witcher: Blood Origin, stay tuned for more to news come very very soon!