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Netflix’s 'The Witcher: Blood Origin' to star Sir Lenny Henry

The Witcher: Blood Origin is the upcoming six-part prequel series for Henry Cavill-led Netflix series The WitcherIt is supposed to be based during a time nearly 1200 years before Henry Cavill’s Geralt of Rivia defeats monsters in a world where witchers are considered abominable. 

Lauren Schmidt Hissrich is working on this series alongside writer Declan de Barra to bring us the story of the creation of the first-ever Witcher when “the worlds of monster, men and elves merged into one”. 

The cast announcements have been made, and it includes the likes of Sir Lenny Henrey, Michelle Yeoh, Laurence O’Fuarain, Sophia Brown etc. Henry has starred in The Lord of the Rings fantasy series on Amazon Prime and will be seen here as Balor while Dylan Moran from Black Books shall play the role of Uthrok One-Nut.  

Other names include Nathaniel Curtis from It’s A Sin, Mirren Mack from The NestYoung Wallander’s Jacob Collins-Levy and The Capture’s Huw Novelli. They are starring as Brian, Merwyn, Eredin and Brother Death respectively. 

Other cast members include Francesca Mills as Meldof, Lizzie Annis as Zacare, Zach Wyatt as Syndril and Amy Murray as Fenrik. 

The series directors have also been confirmed with The Last Kingdom’s Sarah O’Gorman overseeing the first, fourth and sixth episodes, while the second, third and fifth episodes shall be helmed by Vicky Jewson, known for Born of War

Besides this new series, the anime version The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf is set to release soon, the trailer for which debuted in July, focusing on Geralt’s mentor, Vesemir. 

The Witcher is set to premiere its second season on Netflix o December 17, 2021.