Netflix's upcoming second season of The Witcher just added a ton of considerable talent to its already considerably talented cast. The live-action fantasy show has confirmed that no less than seven major players from the novels will be joining Henry Cavill's Geralt for the next run of adventures.
We already knew that Cassie Clare (Beauty And The Beast, Mamma Mia!) had been cast as sorceress and royal advisor Philippa Eilhart, of course. Geralt has met Eilhart in the video games and books as both friend and foe, so even her role isn't particularly massive in this second season, I would imagine the seeds of her future role will be planted in her initial appearance.
Elsewhere we have the wonderful Adjoa Andoh (Bridgerton) as Nenneke, a priestess who has known Geralt since he was young, and one of the few people our Witcher hero trusts... in as much as Geralt can trust anyone, that is. She also hates Dandelion, but, you know, who doesn't?
Liz Carr (Silent Witness) has been cast as Fenn, while Simon Callow (Four Weddings And A Funeral) will play Codringher. Anyone familiar with the novels will know that this duo makes up the infamous law firm and detective agency Codringher and Fenn, an outfit that Geralt has crossed paths with several times on his adventure.
Meanwhile, Graham McTavish (Outlander) will play Dijkstra, a face that'll definitely be familiar to anyone who played The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt . In the video game, we find Dijkstra running the bath house in Novigrad. Before this, however, he was the head of Redanian intelligence and a man who knew pretty much everything about everyone.
Kevin Doyle (Downton Abbey) will be playing Ba'Lian, a character who doesn't actually exist in the books or games as far as I can tell. Whether this turns out to be someone we already know from The Witcher universe or if it really is a brand-new character remains to be seen, but I'm interested to see how this newcomer fits into the larger picture.
Finally, Chris Fulton (Bridgerton) has been cast as Rience, a mage who was employed to track down Ciri after she disappeared during the slaughter of Cintra. I'm sure you remember that particular moment from the first season. No doubt Rience will want to take Ciri and butt heads with Geralt in the process.
Season two of The Witcher has been in and out of filming over the last few months due to the pandemic, so we really have no idea when to expect the next run of episodes to land on Netflix. Last we heard, filming was going strong again after Henry Cavill recovered from a leg injury. Let's hope there are no more interruptions and that everybody stays safe while work wraps up once and for all.
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