Season 3 of The Witcher is slowly gearing up for production and casting is long underway. In fact, we already know that a group of assassins, The Professor and his men, will make an appearance according to an audition tape and are likely to be on Yennefer and Ciri’s trail. But there are many more roles to be filled in Season 3 and The Illuminderdi got ahold on a number of casting descriptions with character codenames. Some are surely book characters, but some may be original. Let’s dive in!
“Marylebone” (possibly Milva aka Maria Barring?)
Marylebone is described as a person who “possesses not only a razor sharp wit but a quick blade as well. Her age belies her experience, for she has been forced to mature quickly and learn to survive in a cruel world.” The character and the vibe itself feels a lot like Milva.
The only issue is that Milva’s weapon is a bow, not a blade. So perhaps it is not her after all? Mistle is another theory, but it’s way too early for her at this stage in the story. We shall see.
Another detail is that Netflix is hoping for an LGBTQ+ actress to play this role.
Picadilly is another series regular that will join Season 3. He’s described as “a man who is second in line to the throne but seems more prone to a player lifestyle than to a political one. Though he gives off a carefree air, underneath it all he’s rather shrewd at strategy and impassive to boot.“
For this role also Netflix is looking for an LGBTQ+ actor. While this doesn’t ring any bells book-wise, we may just know who he might interact with.
Just in December, we uncovered an audition tape for a new Season 3 role of a gay noble, who was flirting with none other than Jaskier. At the time we assumed that was a king, but king’s brother makes more sense now. So much so that in the audition tape itself he does refer to his brother.
This casting description is instantly recognizable as there is no one else to mistake him with. “A royal messenger, played by someone who will need to know his way around a horse. This middle-aged gentleman was tired of his life and the horrors he’d witnessed on the job until he heard something that revolutionized his outlook from that moment on.“
“Maida Vale” (Margarita Laux-Antille?)
Her description reads as following: “Plus-sized and powerful, she is a member of a particular group of women you don’t want to cross. Vivacious and self-confident, she’s sure to be a match for anyone she meets in The Witcher.“
While many sorceresses can have this description, the casting pattern of having the codename starting with the same letter as the real name, coupled with the character being a member of a powerful group of women, points to none other than Margarita Laux-Antille. But we shall see!
“Parsons” (Fake Ciri?)
This one we also have heard of months ago: “A teenage girl convinced she is someone else in order to become a political pawn.” The other description from Recapped reads: “a student that is brainwashed into believing they’re someone else“.
This reads very much like Fake Ciri, who is in reality someone else and is being used as a pawn by Emperor Emhyr var Emreis. The show already had one Fake Ciri in the first season, but perhaps it can do another.
His description reads as follows: “A brave and loyal soldier, portrayed by an actor in his 20s, who feels his fervor fade slightly when he realizes his comrades are not as committed as he is.”
This doesn’t immediately ring any bells, but perhaps this is an origin story for Giselher, the leader of The Rats? Maybe the series could portray him being an idealistic soldier at first. On the other hand, it’s too early for The Rats to make any appearances. It is more likely that this is an original character.
Hampstead is described as “a middle-aged married woman trapped in a loveless marriage to a man who is more like her child than her husband. Though she inhabits courtly life, her opinions more often than not fall on deaf ears.“
We can’t really say much about this either, but it’s possible this could be Hedwig of Malleore, King Vizimir’s wife and queen of Redania. Although this wasn’t much of a case in the books, Vizimir does appear to be immature sometimes in the series, so it would make sense that his wife Hedwig would be portrayed in that particular way as described above.
Euston seems to be an original addition to the cast as her description doesn’t give much away that can be immediately traced to the books: “a ladies’ maid, played by an actress in her 20s, whose shy and timid appearance is hiding a lethal wildcard ready to put the hurt on those who stand in her way.”
Victoria’s character description is even more minimal: “a gorgeous free spirit who is hot-blooded but kind-hearted.”
And lastly there is Richmond, who is described as “a musician who sells instruments for a living and is done with customers thinking they can walk all over her.” Again, not much at all to go on, but Jaskier is in need of a new lute again, so he just might come see her in her music shop.
Finally we have a little more to go on when it comes to the casting of Season 3. Before long, the actual cast will be announced as well. What do you think of these casting descriptions? Do let us know!