After a quiet month, things in the world of Netflix’s The Witcher are in motion again as production is gearing up for filming Season 3. As we reported previously, location scouting is underway and filming is likely to begin in March or April.
This also means that the casting process has already started and we’ve been hearing that the team is looking for an actor to play a certain new villain, familiar to fans of the books and games alike.
A familiar face joins the hunt
Season 2 of The Witcher ended with the Continent in turmoil, as the hunt for Ciri (Freya Allan) is now fully on. Between Nilfgaard, the Northern Kingdoms and the devilish Rience (Chris Fulton), Geralt (Henry Cavill) will have his hands full trying to keep his protégé safe. Season 3 will throw a few more obstacles his way and one such hindrance is a character known as The Professor.
While we don’t know who will play the character just yet, we did manage to get our hands on some of the lines written for his audition that you can watch below. Notice that these lines were written for the audition only and likely won’t be used in the show itself.
UPDATE: As it always happens, the audition tape was removed, but we do have the transcript.
Professor: “Master Richard will pay you handsomely for illumination as to their whereabouts. We’ll pay if you’ve seen them… I opportune you [Name] so surrender now lest I should be forced to apprehend you with unnecessary wreckage in the wake of my…”
Other Person: “Save the [fat tomboys]??? and let’s get on with it, [Professor]”
Professor: “As you wish.”
Some of this may sound a bit incomprehensible because it’s difficult to make out what he is saying, but the gist of it is pretty straightforward. “Master Richard” likely refers to Rience, as the same codename was used during the casting process for Season 2. The other person speaking, seems to be one of The Professor’s colleagues. And as to whose whereabouts he is looking for, it obviously can’t be anyone else but Yennefer and Ciri.
Who is the Professor?
The Professor, whose real name is Ralf Blunden, is a career assassin, easily distinguishable by his signature gold-framed glasses and his manner of speaking, when he spoke fancy words he did not entirely understand. In Time of Contempt, he and his cutthroat colleagues are described by Codringher as “better than the Michelets” and are hot on the heels of Yennefer and Ciri until one fateful day, they enter a certain inn in the Temerian town of Anchor…
As game fans may remember, a character named the Professor also appears in the first Witcher game, where he is leading an assault on Kaer Morhen alongside the mage Azar Javed. Although this is meant to be a different character, he is certainly inspired by the book version and got his name.
It’s good to finally get word on a new character. Who do you hope to see in The Witcher Season 3? Tell us in the comments below or on Twitter and stay tuned for more news!