The Witcher: Blood Origin has found a replacement for Jodie Turner-Smith in Sophia Brown.
This six-part fantasy series moves away from Henry Cavill’s creature slayer Geralt of Rivia, and instead plants the action 1,200 years in the past “when the worlds of monsters, men and elves merged to become one”.
Described as an “elite warrior blessed with the voice of a goddess”, Brown is officially onboard as the character Éile.
She’s left her position as the Queen’s guardian to follow her heart as a nomadic musician, however, a “grand reckoning on the Continent forces her to return to the way of the blade in her quest for vengeance and redemption”.
For those unacquainted with Brown’s screen work, you can check her out in Netflix’s Giri/Haji, Marcella and BBC mystery drama The Capture.
As we type, she’s probably in sword-fighting training.
Previously, showrunner Declan de Barra revealed his excitement over the new project.
“As a lifelong fan of fantasy, I am beyond excited to tell the story The Witcher: Blood Origin. A question has been burning in my mind ever since I first read The Witcher books – what was the Elven world really like before the cataclysmic arrival of the humans?” he shared in a statement.
“I’ve always been fascinated by the rise and fall of civilisations, how science, discovery, and culture flourish right before that fall. How vast swathes of knowledge are lost forever in such a short time, often compounded by colonisation and a rewriting of history, leaving only fragments of a civilisation’s true story behind.”
The Witcher season 1 is now streaming worldwide on Netflix. Season 2 will premiere in late 2021.