The Witcher: Blood Origin: Jodie Turner-Smith Departs Spinoff Series

Less than two weeks after Netflix officially welcomed Laurence O'Fuarain (Vikings, Game of Thrones) to the cast of The Witcher: Blood Origin, the streamer finds itself having to say goodbye to co-lead Jodie Turner-Smith (Queen & Slim, Nightflyers). Deadline Hollywood first reported that Turner-Smith was forced to leave the role of Éile after the production start on the six-episode spinoff prequel series was shifted, resulting in a scheduling conflict for the actor. In a released statement, a Netflix representative wrote, "Due to a change in the production schedule for 'The Witcher: Blood Origin' limited series, unfortunately, Jodie Turner-Smith will no longer be able to continue on in the role of Éile." The project is one of two spinoffs from the popular Henry Cavill-starring streaming series- with the animated film The Witcher: Nightmare Of The Wolf set to focus on Geralt's (Henry Cavill) mentor and fellow Witcher Vesemir.

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O'Fuarain's Fjall was born into a clan of warriors sworn to protect a King and carries a deep scar within- the death of a loved one who fell in battle trying to save him. It's a scar that won't let him settle, or make peace with himself or the world around him. In his quest for redemption, Fjall will find himself fighting beside the most unlikely of allies as he carves a path of vengeance across a continent in turmoil. O'Fuarain's Fjall is joined by Éile, an elite warrior blessed with the voice of a goddess who has left her clan and position as Queen's guardian to follow her heart as a nomadic musician. A grand reckoning on the continent forces her to return to the way of the blade in her quest for vengeance and redemption.

Here's a look back to when executive producer and showrunner Declan de Barra first introduced the writing team: Kirsten Van Horn, Alex Meenehan, Tania Lothia, Troy Dangerfield, Pooja Gupta, Tasha Huo, and Aaron Stewart-Ahn:

Set in an elven world 1,200 years before the world of The Witcher, Blood Origin will tell a story lost to time – the creation of the first prototype Witcher and the events that lead to the pivotal "conjunction of the spheres" when the worlds of monsters, men, and elves merged to become one- and the first Witcher came to be. Declan de Barra serves as executive producer and showrunner while Lauren S. Hissrich executive produces and author Andrzej Sapkowski serving as a creative consultant. Jason Brown and Sean Daniel from Hivemind, and Tomek Baginski and Jarek Sawko from Platige Films are all executive producers.

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About Ray Flook

Serving as Television Editor since 2018, Ray began five years earlier as a contributing writer/photographer before being brought onto the core BC team in 2017.
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