Though WitcherCon is still a day away, Netflix and showrunner & EP Declan de Barra is willing to wait to make some more casting announcements. On Thursday, Deadline Hollywood reported exclusively that Sophia Brown (Giri/Haji, Marcella) has joined the cast of The Witcher: Blood Origin. Brown's Éile is an elite warrior blessed with the voice of a goddess, who leaves 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. Brown is taking over the role from Jodie Turner-Smith, who was forced to leave the project over scheduling conflicts. Production is expected to kick off this August in the UK, with supporting cast announcements expected soon.
Brown joins Michelle Yeoh's Scían and Laurence O'Fuarain's Fjall in the epic series. Born into a clan of warriors sworn to protect a King, Fjall carries a deep scar within, the death of a loved one who fell in battle trying to save him. 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. Scían is the very last of her nomadic tribe of sword-elves. No one can come close to her artistry with the blade, and no one carries as much loss within their heart. When a chance presents itself to retrieve a stolen sacred sword, taken from her fallen tribe by nefarious means, she launches herself into a deadly quest that will change the outcome of the Continent.
Set in an elven world 1200 years before the world of the original Netflix series, 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. De Barra will executive produce and serve as showrunner, with The Witcher showrunner Lauren Schmidt Hissrich also executive producing. Andrzej Sapkowski will serve as the creative consultant on the series. Jason Brown and Sean Daniel from Hivemind; Tomek Baginski and Jarek Sawko from Platige Films will all serve as executive producers.
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