Netflix’s The Witcher franchise is expanding and well on its way to become a proper cinematic universe. The streaming giant has several prequels and side-projects in the making, including a stand-alone anime film and a family-friendly show. However, the project that lies closest in the future is the limited prequel series titled Blood Origin, a live-action show set 1200 years before the events of The Witcher.
Blood Origin features a large ensemble cast lead by Sophia Brown (Eile), Laurence O’Fuarain (Fjall) and Michelle Yeoh (Scían), with what looks to be a guest appearance from Jaskier star Joey Batey in a narrating role. Adding to that, we can reveal eight new actors who have joined the project.
A game of clans and kings?
Thanks to our reader Jonas Jacobsen, we know that Karlina Grace-Paseda (Eastenders, Doctors) plays Cethlenn, the chieftainess of the Raven clan. This is the same clan that Sophia Brown’s Eile belongs to and one of several political factions among the elves at the start of the series.
Interestingly, we learned a while back that one of Cethlenn’s titles is ‘Protector of the Pryshian royal family‘. While we don’t know whether this is an honorary title or something involving duties, it does give us a bit to speculate about. It seems likely, that Netflix’s pre-colonized elven world will be a world of clans, that are connected to royal dynasties, acting as guardians of sorts.
We already know of a few royal figures such as Mirren Mack’s Princess Merwyn or Mark Rowley’s Prince Alvitir. On the other side, there are characters like Cethlenn, Eile and Niamh of the Raven Clan or Fjall and his father Osfar of the Dog Clan. All of them seem to be involved in this intriguing game of clans and kings.
A plethora of characters
Next, we have Hebe Beardsall (Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, The Alienist) who plays Catrin. At the time of writing, we can’t say much about this character other than that it is a series regular part. Additionally, Sorcha Groundsell (The Innocents, Grantchester) and Kim Adis (Get Even, Foundation) will both appear in currently undisclosed roles.
Rounding up our cast update are actors Tomisin Ajani (Masters of the Air) as Captain Olyf, Zachary Hart (Casualty, Doctors) as Leifur, Jordan Whitby (Pennyworth) as Jaonos, and Daniel Boyarsky (The Musketeers, Peaky Blinders) as Sabadel. Thanks again to Jonas for the notice!
We currently expect The Witcher: Blood Origin to premiere sometime in 2022, between the releases of Season 2 and 3 of The Witcher. Stay tuned for more news coming soon!