The Witcher Prequel TV Series Blood Origin Announces New Cast Members

Netflix's new prequel series brings on actors from The Lord of the Rings, Black Books, and It's A Sin.

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Netflix's The Witcher prequel series Blood Origin has added more members to its cast, as filming gets underway in the UK.

Joining the show is writer, actor, and comedian Dylan Moran, who is known for the TV show Black Books and the Simon Pegg movie Shaun of the Dead. Lenny Henry, who stars in Amazon's upcoming The Lord of the Rings TV show, has also landed a role, while Mirren Mack (The Nest) and Nathaniel Curtis (It's A Sin) will also appear in Blood Origin.

Moran will play the role of Uthrok One-Nut, while Henry plays Balor. Mack is lined up to portray Merwyn, while Curtis will play Brían. Deadline reports that Netflix has cast a series of other roles recently as well, including Jacob Collins (Young Wallander) as Eredin, Lizzie Annis (Night Growler) as Zacare, Huw Novelli (The Capture) as Callan "Brother Death," Francesca Mills (Harlots) as Meldof, Amy Murray as Fenrik, and Zach Wyatt (Karen Pirie) as Syndril.

They join the previously announced cast that includes Michelle Yeoh (Crazy Rich Asians), Sophia Brown (Marcella), and Laurence O'Fuarain (Vikings). Filming is currently underway in the UK.

Deadline also reported that Sarah O'Gorman (Cursed) will direct three episodes and Vicky Jewson (Close) will direct the other three as part of the six-part limited series, which takes place 1,200 years before the events of the main show.

Blood Origin is expected to premiere on Netflix in 2022. It's one of multiple off-shoots of the main series in the works, following The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf, an animated movie that premieres August 23 on Netflix.

In other news, Netflix just recently announced that The Witcher Season 2 will begin with an adaptation of the short story, A Grain of Truth, with Game of Thrones actor Kristofer Hivju playing Nivellen. Season 2 premieres in December on Netflix.

Outside of the TV series, a new Pokemon Go-style game called The Witcher: Monster Slayer is out now, while The Witcher 3's new PS5 and Xbox Series X|S edition will launch this year.

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