The Witcher prequel casts lead character’s sister and more

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There’s a lot of fresh action and excitement surounding Netflix’s The Witcher and its prequels these days. Fans got to see a first sneak peek of what Geralt (Henry Cavill), Yennefer (Anya Chalotra) and Ciri (Freya Allan) are up to, as well as a teaser of the animated prequel-movie Nightmare of the Wolf. Recent weeks also saw some major casting news for the live-action witcher prequel titled Blood Origin, with Michele Yeoh and Sophia Brown joining the previously announced Laurence O’Fuarain (Fjall).

Yeoh plays the elf Scian, a master-swordswoman and last of her clan. Brown plays the warrior Eile, taking over from Jodie Turner Smith, who had to step down due to scheduling issues. Besides these leads we know of several supporting roles and today we can add three more names to the list.


Most importantly, Ozioma Whenu will play Eile’s older sister Níamh. While we don’t know much else about the role, she is presumably part of the Raven clan, a group of elves said to favor knives as a weapon.

For Whenu, this will be the first major television part, having graduated from the prestigious London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts (LAMDA) last year. We’re looking forward to what she will bring to the table.

Ozioma Whenu

Actors Nathaniel Curtis and Tut Nyuot have also been cast in currently undisclosed roles. Curtis recently starred in Channel 4‘s drama miniseries It’s a Sin. Nyuot already has an impressive television resumé for his age, including appearances in Casualty, Dark Money and Small Axe. We’ll update you as soon as we learn more about their roles in Blood Origin.

Nathaniel Curtis and Tut Nyuot (Credits: David Reiss; Above and Beyond Photography)

While their roles are currently unknown to us, our best guess for Curtis would be Eades, a military commander. His role description is the following:

“A high-ranking commander, hailing from a military family. Described as strong, cold and calculating and able to take on many different guises. He hides his male lovers from court, fearing that his emotional attachments may be used against him. Appears in 5 episodes.”


The Witcher: Blood Origin is expected to start filming this August. It is set in an elven world 1200 years before the events of the main Witcher show. For updates on all things Witcher, follow Redanian Intelligence on Twitter.

6 comments on “The Witcher prequel casts lead character’s sister and more”

  1. are there going to be any white people? I know there were only people of color in medieval europe… according to whoever is running this
    i hope that white people are not gonna be only villains because that would be some sick jewish dream.
    I mean season 2 trailer has barely any views, I am not sure if that direction is gonna make anything good out of Andrzej Sapkowski’s work. All those W- BO news look like – watch what have we done to your work and you can do nothing about it. it is just sad, it is gonna be about racism and nothing more, the writing was atrocious, Hnery cannot carry this on his shoulders forever

      1. Netflix has also done stranger things, that Spanish bank series, house of cards (the last one was actually screaming for diversity, but it is whiter than mayonnaise).

        There is a lot of talented people there. The actors in the article – they are pretty and handsome and look really fine. I think the problem is in writing room which managed to dumb down one of the best pieces on modern fantasy. I am just worried about blood origin as they have no source material.
        in terms of season 2 of witcher I can clearly see upgrade in production value, problem with the show is that it is very inconsistent. You want black people – ok, just merge Nilfgaard and Zerrikania, they are from south, they can look like middle east or Africa. but for God’s sake be consistent with you choices. Otherwise – Daro and Eels my friends.

  2. WHAT THE BLOODY HELL IS THIS??? The only moment where slavic culture to be finally representated widely on screen through The Witcher have to be ruined like this??

    I’m asian and i would genuinely pissed if i see a movie of commander of golden horde played by black guy leading thousands of somali pirates up in ural highland. And the writer thinks he/she has done a brilliant job making up this nonsense??. Before you saying elf is an ambigous race, elf originated from germanic culture, and look is very important on this, it’s like white dude playing as a voodoo witch in the middle of african bushland. which is fucking stupid

    I feel bad for all witcher fans, polish people and everyone that been rooting for The Witcher franchise including me, which had high hopes when this series started, but not long i realized this just one those netflix political agenda. Not even the author of this article has any energy anymore to continue making this stuff already expecting to be disappointed. Storyline in season 1 wasn’t any good at all and they already make piece of crap like this, only to push „woke“ narrative bullshit. This is just too fucking much for me to handle, fucking hell i’m enough for this shit!!!

  3. I have high hopes for Season 2. Thought casting was pretty solid, and they now have a linear structure for the story instead of trying to cobble several standalone stories together. However, this prequel show sounds like it could be a mess. Are there any true references for them to base all these characters on or they just making up a ton of stuff? Definitely the least interesting idea in the Witcher-verse.

  4. So, because it’s fantasy it doesn’t have to follow/represent the Slavic culture it’s rooted in, but it has to represent modern day America, OK.

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