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The Witcher Blood Origin: Release date, casts, plot, trailer. Photo: Looper

Fans of The Witcher adaptation on Netflix have been eagerly awaiting the second run of episodes following the first landing in December 2019.

But there’s even more good news – while we wait for season two, a prequel is also coming! The Witcher: Blood Origins is on the way and it will be set 1300 years before Henry Cavill’s mutated monster-hunter quested around The Continent.

Declan de Barra has created the series alongside The Witcher showrunner Lauren Schmidt Hissrich and it will explore the beginnings of the feud between elves and humans as seen in the main series, while also revealing how the order of Witchers was founded – consider us intrigued!

Here is everything we know so far about The Witcher: Blood Origins.

The Witcher Blood Origin: Release date

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Photo: Awn

The release date for Blood Origin is currently unknown, though we’ll update this page when new information is revealed.

We do know that the series is planned to be six episodes long – two episodes shorter than the first season of The Witcher – and that like the main series it’ll shoot in the UK.

With season two of The Witcher back to shooting in August after a long delay, we wouldn’t be surprised if fans had to wait a while for the prequel, and it could be that winter 2021/2022 would be a realistic release date (if on the earlier side), Radiotimes cited.

The Witcher Blood Origin: Casts

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Jodie Turner-Smith. Photo: Vietgame

Few details have been released regarding the cast of Blood Origin so far. However, today, Monday, January 25, it was announced actress Jodie Turner-Smith would be starring in the prequel as a character called Éile.

Her character description reads: “[Éile is] 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.”

Last year, there were casting calls for other characters including a Princess Merwyn and the male lead Fjall. Entertainment site Illuminerdi said: “While about the same age as Eile, he [Fjall] is from an opposing clan – implying that there may be a clash for dominance. “Not only is he physically strong, but is described as raw, gritty and visceral. “Certainly a contrast to the graceful strength that one might expect from Eile.”

Director Sophie Holland also promoted on Twitter how they were looking for supporting actors for the series. Holland used code names to define each one with Character G labelled as a “brilliantly sharp-minded (female) assassin”, Character Z a “mystical and earthly conduit with cerebral palsy” and Fabbri, a “tall, muscular druid who is also deaf”, Express reported.

The Witcher Blood Origin: Plot

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Photo: Binged

The official summary of the limited series is as follows: "Set in an elven world 1,200 years before the world of The Witcher, Blood Origin will tell a story lost to time—the origin of the very first 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."

The world of The Witcher, set on a landmass known as "the Continent," used to be separated into a few distinct realms, or parallel universes, home to many different sentient races. During the Conjunction of the Spheres, the worlds were all mashed together into one, bringing elves and monsters and magic into the world of humanity. The very first Witcher was created (as Geralt of Rivia was created) to hunt down and kill the unnatural monsters from these other worlds that terrorize the people of the Continent, Thrillist noted.

The Witcher Blood Origin: Trailer

So far, no trailer has been released for The Witcher Blood Origin. The cast and crew of the fantasy series haven’t even started filming yet for the new episodes. The prequel is expected to come out sometime in 2022 and before the show is advertised, Netflix is going to be promoting The Witcher season two which comes out in August this year.

Are there any other witcher-based series coming out?

There isn’t another series yet, but there might be in the future. However, Netflix did greenlight an anime prequel movie also set in The Witcher universe.

The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf will chronicle the journey of Geralt’s mentor and father figure, Vesemir, years before Geralt was born. The film is being produced by Studio Mir, which is famous for animated series like The Legend of Korra and Voltron: Legendary Defender, Inverse said.

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