The first live-action prequel to The Witcher starring Michelle Yeoh, Joey Batey, Laurence O’Fuarain and Sophia Brown is only 20 days away and promotion for it is in full swing with many interviews and other pieces of media being released.
In one of those, producer Lauren Hissrich and showrunner Declan de Barra discussed the inclusion of legendary lore characters such as Ithlinne, Eredin and Avallac’h. We already knew for more than a year that Jacob Collins-Levy is playing Eredin, and now we also know Ithlinne.
Ella Schrey-Yeats is Ithlinne
In The Witcher: Blood Origin, the legendary prophet and sage Ithlinne Aegli aep Aevenien will be portrayed by Ella Schrey-Yeats. Her credits include His Dark Materials and Silent Witness. Last year we also revealed that Ithlinne’s mother, Aevenien, will be played by Claire Cooper.
Lauren Hissrich explained Ithlinne’s inclusion in Blood Origin in a recent interview with Screenrant:
“Ithlinne’s prophecy is all over the Witcher series, but it’s often talked about as this kind of folkloric thing. And so, even though we are told that we should believe it… If the people in the universe themselves don’t believe it, why should I, the viewer, believe it and how is it going to impact Ciri?
We go back, we meet Ithlinne as a young woman, and we watch her prophecize, and then we watch that come true with our own eyes. And, to me, that will lend so much credence to what we are going to watch Ciri go through in the main series.”
In The Witcher Season 2 we did see Ithlinne already, but a much older version, played by Ann Firbank. This version of Ithlinne only appeared in Francesca’s vision, induced by the villainous Voleth Meir.
Season 3 of The Witcher is in post-production for a Summer 2023 release. The live-action prequel The Witcher: Blood Origin has been set a Christmas 2022 release. Stay tuned to Redanian Intelligence and do pop into our Discord server to join in on The Witcher conversation.