As announced in Deadline (and confirmed by showrunner and executive producer Lauren Schmidt Hissrich), Netflix’s The Witcher has officially begun production for Season 2! Along with this announcement were several cast and director announcements.
Confirmed to return for the second season as the main cast are Henry Cavill (continuing his lead role as the titular witcher, Geralt of Rivia), Anya Chalotra (returning as the sorceress Yennefer of Vengerberg), Freya Allan (as Ciri), and Joey Batey (beginning Act 2 as fan-favorite bard Jaskier).
Earlier this week, it was announced that Kristofer Hivju (of Game of Thrones fame) would be joining the Season 2 cast as the cursed prince Nivellen. Other newcomers to Season 2 include Yasen Atour (as Coen, a witcher from the School of the Griffin), Agnes Bjorn (as Vereena, the nymph-like lover of Nivellen), Aisha Fabienne Ross (as Lydia van Bredevoort, Vilgefortz’s assistant) and Mecia Simson (as the elven sorceress Francesca Findabair).
Fans of the video games will be delighted to learn that Geralt’s fellow witchers of the School of the Wolf are cast as well. Paul Bullion (Peaky Blinders) joins as Lambert and Thue Ersted Rasmussen (F9) is added as Eskel.
Returning for Season two’s supporting cast include MyAnna Buring (as Aretuza rectoress Tissaia de Vries), Tom Canton (as elven rebel Filavandrel aén Fidháil), Lilly Cooper (as Aretuza mage initiate Murta), Jeremy Crawford (as the dwarven dragon hunter Yarpen Zigrin), Eamon Farren (as Nilfgaardian intelligence officer Cahir Mawr Dyffryn aep Ceallach), Mahesh Jadu (as Vilgefortz of Roggeveen), Terence Maynard (as Artorius Vigo, uncle of Fringilla), Lars Mikkelsen (as Brotherhood sorcerer Stregobor), Mimi Ndiweni (as Nilgaardian sorceress Fringilla Vigo), Royce Pierreson (as Istredd, mage archaeologist and one-time lover of Yennefer), Wilson Radjou-Pujalte (as Dara, elf and former friend of Ciri), Anna Shaffer (as Temerian sorceress Triss Merigold), and Therica Wilson Read (as Kaedweni sorceress Sabrina Glevissig).
Hissrich relayed the importance and high-standard for casting Season two. “Sophie Holland and her casting team have once again found the very best people to embody these characters,” Hissrich proudly stated, “And in the hands of these accomplished directors, we’re excited to see these new stories come to life.”
Stephen Surjik (Netflix’s Umbrella Academy) starts off with directing episodes 201 and 202, Sarah O’Gorman (Netflix’s Cursed) will direct episodes 203 and 204, Ed Bazalgette (Netflix’s The Last Kingdom) will direct episodes 205 and 208, and Geeta Patel (Meet The Patels) will wrap up production by directing episodes 206 and 207. Given the spectacular cinematography and action scenes that The Last Kingdom is known for, this hints that Bazalgette could have some “Blaviken-level” fights in-store for Season 2.
Netflix plans a 2021 release for The Witcher Season 2.
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