Actress Michelle Yeoh is traveling from deep space in Star Trek: Discovery to the land of the elves in The Witcher, according to reports. It’s a new role for the actress, who has spent years establishing herself as a veteran of the science-fiction genre. Now she returns to the fantasy (and sword-fighting) roots that helped launch her career in films like Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. And chances are good that her martial arts expertise will come in handy in the world of The Witcher: Blood Origin.
Michelle Yeoh Joins The Witcher: Blood Origin Prequel Series On Netflix
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The Witcher is one of the hottest properties on Netflix right now, with the success of the show’s first season leading to a number of spin-off projects in the works. There is an anime called Nightmare of the Wolf, that is about the Geralt’s Witcher mentor Vesemir. But the one we are most intrigued by is the live-action prequel series called The Witcher: Blood Origin.
This series takes place 1,200 years before the events of the current Witcher series. We can expect to see a lot of elves in this series, since they were the predominant race in the world of The Witcher before the humans came along. And Michelle Yeoh will join the cast, playing a prominent elf warrior named Scían.
According to Deadline: “Scían is the very last of her nomadic tribe of sword-elves. No one can come close to her artistry with the blade. And no one carries as much loss within their heart. When a chance presents itself to retrieve a stolen sacred sword taken from her fallen tribe by nefarious means – she launches herself into a deadly quest that will change the outcome of the Continent.” (Wait, isn’t that actually the plot of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon?)
The idea of the ‘sword-elves’ is one that is new to me. And it will be interesting to see how this tribe plays out on-screen. One thing is certain however. Michelle Yeoh will once again get to show off her martial arts prowess and skill with a blade. We are definitely looking forward to seeing her take on monsters and humans alike in The Witcher: Blood Origin.
The Elves Take Center Stage In The Witcher: Blood Origin
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The Blood Origin prequel will explore a time known as the “Conjunction of the Spheres,” when many worlds overlapped and monsters (and humans) spilled over into the world of The Witcher. Previously actress Jodie Turner-Smith was cast in the lead role of Éile. But she had to leave the production due to scheduling conflicts. It doesn’t look like Michelle Yeoh is necessarily replacing Turner-Smith in The Witcher: Blood Origin, since she is playing a different character. So we might get some more casting news for who will play the role of Éile as production moves forward.
However, it is possible that the showrunners could be changing up the story for The Witcher: Blood Origin due to the loss of Turner-Smith from the cast. Michelle Yeoh is an A-List actress, with years of genre experience. And it seems like the show might be pivoting to focus on her character of Scían instead.
An Ensemble Cast Begins To Take Shape
Laurence O’Fuarain in Vikings | Image via History Channel
Michelle Yeoh will star in The Witcher: Blood Origin opposite Irish actor Laurence O’Fuarain who will play a character named Fjall. According to a press release: Fjall belongs to a tribe of warriors, and is sworn to protect a king. However, the death of a loved one haunts his character. Unable to settle, he cannot make peace with himself or the world around him.
It sounds like Fjall will be teaming up with Scían (and possibly Éile) in his quest for redemption. “Fjall will find himself fighting beside the most unlikely of allies as he carves a path of vengeance across a continent in turmoil.” This unlikely group of adventurers sound like they are on an old school quest, hearkening back to the days of the Witcher video games.
Expect More Casting News Soon
The synopsis for this series is definitely intriguing. It will be fascinating to gain a glimpse of the world of The Witcher before it was overrun by monsters. The Witcher: Blood Origin will all eventually lead up to the famed Conjunction of the Spheres, as well as the creation of the Witchers themselves. It is very possible that these characters could be the foundation for the skills granted to the Witchers. But we will have to tune into find out.
Of course we will be keeping an eye on more casting news for The Witcher: Blood Origin as we learn more. We are especially curious to see if the character of Éile will remain the protagonist of this series. And we are wondering who will replace Jodie Turner-Smith in the role. No premiere date is set as of yet for the six-part limited prequel series. But we’ll be keeping you updated as we learn more. Stay tuned to Comic Years on Facebook and Twitter today, for all of the latest news.
Emily O’Donnell is a writer and photographer with roots in some of the earliest online fandoms. She cut her genre teeth on the Wizard of Oz books at the tender age of 6 years old, and was reading epic adult fantasy novels by the age of 10. Decades later, she still consumes genre fiction like there is no tomorrow. She is delighted to be living through the golden age of sci-fi and fantasy popularity. She is unashamed of the amount of fanfiction that still lingers online under her name.
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