While the world watched as Netflix’s hold on the streaming service world be threatened by Disney’s Disney+ service that featured several throwbacks and some originals like the very popular Mandalorian series, they answered back with an amazing film like The Irishman and one of the most popular American fantasy series based on the book series by Andrzej Sapkowski, The Witcher.
The first season of The Witcher consisted of eight episodes and was released in late December and despite the short amount of time left in 2019, it still made the top ten list for Netflix that year. This past week Netflix announced that The Witcher has began production in the UK for season two for a planned 2021 launch. Exact dates for that are still to be determined.
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Along with that announcement, Netflix also released a list of new cast members for the series which include Yasen Atour as Coen, Agnes Bjorn as Vereena, Paul Bullion as Lambert, Thue Ersted Rasmussen as Eskel, Aisha Fabienne Ross as Lydia, Kristofer Hivju as Nivellen, and recent graduate Mecia Simson, as Francesca.
They will be joining the cast from season one that include Henry Cavill who leads the cast of The Witcher saga, playing the role of Geralt of Rivia. Anya Chalotra returns as the sorceress Yennefer, Freya Allan as Ciri and Joey Batey as fan-favourite Jaskier.
Other cast members returning include MyAnna Buring as Tissaia, Tom Canton as Filavandrel, Lilly Cooper as Murta, Jeremy Crawford as Yarpin Zigrin, Eamon Farren as Cahir, Mahesh Jadu as Vilgefortz, Terence Maynard as Artorius, Lars Mikkelson as Stregobor, Mimi Ndiweni as Fringilla Vigo, Royce Pierreson as Istredd, Wilson Radjou-Pujalte as Dara, Anna Shaffer as Triss Merigold, Therica Wilson Read as Sabrina.
The Witcher series will have several directors that will work on certain episodes starting with Stephen Surjik who will direct 201 & 202, Sarah O’Gorman directing 203 & 204, Ed Bazalgette directing 205 & 208 and Geeta Patel for episodes 206 and 207. The showrunner and executive producer for the series is Lauren Schmidt Hissrich.
Netflix provided a comment about the new talent that has been added to the cast from Hissrich who said that, “The reaction to season one of The Witcher set a high bar for adding new talent for the second season. Sophie Holland and her casting team have once again found the very best people to embody these characters, and in the hands of these accomplished directors, we’re excited to see these new stories come to life.”
Unfortunately I was late to the party as the Netflix series was my first time I had ever experienced any content from The Witcher franchise. With how much I enjoyed the first season, I am now trying to invest some time in the books as well as some of the video games.
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Netflix’s The Witcher season 1 can be streamed on their streaming service. Season two is expected to drop sometime in 2021.
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