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Netflix's Witcher prequel Blood Origin casts Michelle Yeoh as a sword-elf

By Tim Augustin - on 7 Jul 2021, 3:07pm

Netflix's Witcher prequel Blood Origin casts Michelle Yeoh as a sword-elf

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A whole lot more Witcher is coming your way. 

Netflix has announced a new addition to The Witcher: Blood Origin's cast - Michelle Yeoh. This prequel series is set 1,200 years before Geralt’s monster-slaying adventures in The Witcher, and consists of six episodes. 

Yeoh plays Scian, the last remaining member of a nomadic tribe of sword-elves. She’s skilled with a sword, but the loss of her tribe has taken an emotional toll. When the opportunity to retrieve a sacred sword stolen from her fallen tribe presents itself, she embarks on a deadly quest that will change the outcome of the Continent. 

Also coming onboard Blood Origin’s cast is Laurence O’Fuarain, who plays Fjall - a man born into a clan of warriors sworn to protect a king. Much like Scian, he has also suffered the death of a loved one. Fjall ends up in a quest for redemption, where he fights with unlikely allies across a continent in turmoil. 

Blood Origin intends to tell a story that stretches far beyond these characters in scope, however. Here’s the official synopsis of the series, courtesy of Netflix:

Set in an elven world 1200 years before the world of The Witcher, Blood Origin will tell a story lost to time - the creation of the first prototype 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 conjunction of the spheres is a rather important milestone in the history of the Continent, as it gave birth to its inhabitants as Geralt knew them - a mix of monsters, humans, elves, vampires and more. The series also delves into the history of the Witchers, and who created them - which will likely be referenced somewhere down the line in the main series. 

Netflix is going all in on The Witcher universe. The streaming service has announced an anime film from Studio Mir called The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf alongside a second season of the main series. None of these projects have official release dates yet, but we’ll likely hear more about them during WitcherCon this weekend. 

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