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After a month of huge casting bulletins and thrilling studies from the set, issues quietened down sharply, largely because of the coronavirus pandemic, which prompted Netflix to halt the manufacturing of The Witcher season 2 from the second half of the month onwards. Right here’s the most recent on The Witcher season 2 with an unique report from Redanian Intelligence.

Initially scheduled for a break of two weeks, filming has but to renew, and all the security measures stopping that can seemingly stay in place for a time but. Nevertheless, there have been some happenings, as the primary two weeks of March noticed the return of the witcher himself Henry Cavill filming alongside Freya Allan (Ciri). A variety of different actors had been busy too, together with the newcomers who will painting Geralt of Rivia’s witcher colleagues. 

On the casting entrance, Redanian Intelligence uncovered an audition tape for an iconic character from the Witcher books, providing a glimpse at what to anticipate from the politics in season 2. Lastly, a couple of extra actors joined the ever-expanding forged of The Witcher. Examine all the small print right here in our recap of The Witcher-related information for March 2020!

Matters on this months information roundup:

  • Coronavirus: The Witcher halts manufacturing of season 2
  • Filming: Henry Cavill and Freya Allan reunite on set
  • Filming: The Witchers of Kaer Morhen begin their season 2 journey
  • Casting: Audition tape for Queen Meve surfaces and extra actors be a part of the forged

Coronavirus: The Witcher halts manufacturing of season 2

Pictured: Henry Cavill in motion as Geralt of Rivia – Copyright. Netflix

Like so many different initiatives ongoing at Netflix, The Witcher additionally shut down the manufacturing of its second season because of the coronavirus pandemic. The announcement on March 16th got here days after newcomer Kristofer Hivju (Nivellen) shared on Instagram that he had examined optimistic for the illness and was self-isolating. Fortunately, the previous Recreation of Thrones star reported solely having delicate signs.

As an official spokesperson revealed, Netflix paused manufacturing of season 2 previous to turning into conscious of that, however shut down all manufacturing places of work and the primary headquarters at Arborfield studios as an additional precaution. Requested by The Hollywood Reporter, a supply near the manufacturing stated:

Forged and crew well being is our main concern. We’re coping with an unprecedented world pandemic that’s past our management, and in lots of cases with mandates or restrictions imposed by governments (together with journey restrictions in lots of nations). As such, we have now made the choice, efficient instantly, to pause manufacturing for 2 weeks throughout this troublesome time, and we’ll help our manufacturing companions engaged on Netflix U.Okay. scripted collection in doing the identical. This may permit everybody the time to make knowledgeable choices about transfer ahead. The coronavirus has raised difficult points for everybody engaged on set on productions for Netflix. We’re very grateful for all of the work everybody has executed to maintain forged and crew protected throughout this pandemic. 

Whereas individuals are clearly frightened that the break will negatively have an effect on the discharge of season 2, a 2021 air date remains to be a protected wager. Of the 5 months of deliberate filming, one is already accomplished. If we take the primary season as a reference, we are able to anticipate a interval of six to seven months of post-production to comply with. Because of this for the discharge date to be pushed into 2022, the manufacturing must pause for nearly a yr till February or March 2021. In all probability, we should wait only a few extra months for The Witcher to return to the display screen.

As movie and TV productions in lots of nations have been suspended one after one other, actors could discover themselves in a precarious place. The Witcher casting director Sophie Holland and her assistant Faye Timby have give you an unconventional concept to make use of the time that has now develop into ample productively and provides actors an opportunity to indicate their expertise in a face-to-face assembly through the WeAudition platform. Utilizing the hashtag #CastingCrushesCorona, they devised a brand new undertaking, spending an hour a day chatting with as much as six actors from all around the world.

Holland, who was midway by the casting of The Witcher season 2 when Netflix shut down manufacturing, spoke with Deadline about her initiative:

There’s been some actually fascinating actors that I didn’t learn about earlier than that I’m assembly now. I can undoubtedly see that our paths will cross once more sooner or later. I can already consider roles which may match with folks I’ve spoken to. It’s additionally given me a way that the business nonetheless goes on.

Maybe this could possibly be an opportunity for some actors to pay money for one of many a lot sought-after roles in Holland’s greatest undertaking up to now. The Witcher showrunner Lauren Hissrich actually appears to suppose so, as she joined the 2 casting professionals for one among their latest classes of #CastingCrushesCorona.

Filming: Henry Cavill and Freya Allan reunite on set

Pictured: Henry Cavill as Geralt of Rivia (left) and Freya Allan as Princess Ciri (proper) – Copyright. Netflix

Two weeks earlier than the shutdown, Redanian Intelligence reported that Henry Cavill lastly made his return to the set, choosing up his position because the titular witcher Geralt of Rivia. He was joined by Freya Allan, who performs Princess Ciri of Cintra, the kid whose future is linked with Geralt’s by an historic customized referred to as the legislation of shock. 

Once we final noticed the pair, Geralt simply discovered Ciri who had been on the run for weeks pursued by the brokers of the Nilfgaardian Empire who invaded her homeland and slaughtered her household. From all we all know of season 2, it can choose up issues proper the place we left them, with Geralt and Ciri making their approach north by the blazing warmth of the battlefields of Sodden, the place the Nilfgaardian military was stopped in its advance by a small drive of Northern sorcerers, together with the witcher’s love curiosity Yennefer (Anya Chalotra). 

Filming happened between the tip of February and the start of March at Bourne Wooden in Surrey, the place some locals beforehand noticed numerous our bodies and extras wearing Nilfgaardian armor, additional corroborating that the scenes filmed there’ll depict the aftermath of the Battle of Sodden. Henry Cavill took to Instagram to disclose the return of a particular forged member for the event: the horse Zeus, flown in from his dwelling in Hungary to renew his position as Geralt’s trusted steed Roach.

Filming: The witchers of Kaer Morhen begin their season 2 journey

Pictured: Kaer Mohen as imagined in The Witcher online game collection – Copyright. CD Projekt Pink

In February Netflix lastly introduced the primary line-up of latest actors to hitch The Witcher and judging by a number of social media posts a few of them have already began filming.

In what might be one of the anticipated sequences of the second season, viewers will likely be launched to Geralt’s few surviving Witcher colleagues on the historic hold of Kaer Morhen. For individuals who have learn the books or performed the video games, this will likely be a reunion with a number of the most beloved characters of the franchise. For all others, we’ll briefly introduce these necessary figures with out moving into spoiler materials.

Pictured: Kim Bodnia (left) and Vesemir (proper) – Copyright. CD Projekt Pink

Vesemir is performed by Danish actor Kim Bodnia, greatest recognized for his roles in Killing Eve and The Bridge. He has already been talked about by Geralt within the first season of The Witcher and cautious listeners can have heard the voice of his youthful self throughout a quick flashback scene within the remaining episode. He’s the witcher who raised younger Geralt after his mom Visenna (portrayed within the present by Frida Gustavsson) deserted him as an toddler.

Skilled within the methods of monster-slaying, Vesemir has develop into a strict however protecting surrogate father and mentor to Geralt and different younger recruits. Whereas the world round him has modified, he’s ever steadfast, vigorous and resourceful even in his superior age and stays the undisputed authority at Kaer Morhen. 

Pictured: Thue Ersted Rasmussen (left) Eskel (proper) – Copyright. CD Projekt Pink

Thue Ersted Rasmussen, one other Dane, performs Geralt’s childhood good friend Eskel. Recognized to each readers of the books and avid gamers, Eskel is calm and picked up although no much less lethal than Geralt in a battle. As a result of his trademark disfiguring scar he seems menacing at first sight however proves to be good-natured and tactful so far as witchers go.

Again in January, Rassmussen visited prosthetic artist Barry Gower (recognized for his work on Recreation of Thrones) to obtain a full physique forged. As Redanian Intelligence speculates, this can be linked to his work on The Witcher, as Gower seems to have joined the second season.

Pictured: Paul Bullion (left) and Vesemir (proper) – Copyright. CD Projekt Pink

Paul Bullion, whom you might bear in mind from his position in Peaky Blinders, performs Lambert, who like Vesemir and Eskel appeared in each the books and the video games. Belonging to a youthful era of recruits than Geralt, this massive warrior has a very sharp tongue and a confidence bordering on vanity. Regardless of that, he’s usually reliable and competent, particularly in issues of swordsmanship.

Bullion has shared a number of movies displaying his new coaching routine and likewise seems to have develop into good mates with Rasmussen because the pair celebrated their first week on set in true witcher model with a few pints.

Pictured: Yasen Atour (left) and Coën (proper)

Final however not least is Yasen Atour who performs Coën, a personality who by no means appeared within the video games however is held expensive by many readers of the books.  Not initially from Vesemir’s Faculty of the Wolf, Coën spends the winter at Kaer Morhen earlier than returning to the trail. He’s younger, easy-going and deadly in fight but in addition clever sufficient to know that many swordsmen who consider themselves as the most effective find yourself in graveyards.

Casting: Audition tape for Queen Meve surfaces and extra actors be a part of the forged

Pictured: Queen Meve by artist Grzegorz Przybyś

Since Netflix introduced a number of the predominant new forged members in February, issues have been comparatively quiet, despite the fact that quite a few key roles for the second season haven’t been revealed. One such position is the spymaster Sigismund Dijkstra who will seem in season 2 as proven by an audition tape surfacing earlier this yr. 

In March, Redanian Intelligence discovered one other tape that reveals actress Nina Yndis studying for the position of “Queen Mabel”, which might simply be deduced by her traces as a codename for Queen Meve of Lyria and Rivia. The video has since been eliminated by the actress however yow will discover the transcript beneath. As is frequent with audition tapes, the traces had been seemingly written for the casting session solely and won’t seem as such within the present. It’s additionally seemingly that we received’t be seeing Yndis within the position, as audition tapes are normally uploaded by actors who didn’t get the half.


Meve: You’re late!

Unnamed man: I’d supply apologies, however because it’s my purse paying to wash up your mess I’ll skip it! 

Vinnie: We want an ally not a janitor. It is advisable thoughts your tone!

Meve: Sit down and quiet each of you. You’ll be able to measure your pricks in your personal time! I can guarantee you we have now greater issues to debate. Princess Serene is alive.

Vinnie: That’s unimaginable!

Meve: And worse but. The South is aware of it! Their search events are already days forward of ours.

Unnamed man: Properly then, that may be a drawback. Thankfully, it’s a drawback I’m ready to tackle for a charge.

Vinnie: That is extortion! We received’t hear of it! I’ll have the king’s council…

Meve: Do shut up Vinnie! Identify me a value. I need the woman lifeless by dawn.

Meve is the one feminine among the many Northern monarchs and though her kingdom is a comparatively small one, she stands out amongst her friends attributable to her intelligence, sharp wit and no-nonsense method to ruling. With Nilfgaard’s advance stopped on the Battle of Sodden however the risk removed from gone, it appears clear that the Northern Kingdoms will take a extra lively position, debating discover a frequent method to cope with the southern menace.

Whereas we’re nonetheless ready for names to connect with Meve, a number of the smaller roles seem like filling up slowly as two extra actors joined the forged.

  1. As revealed by his company, veteran actor Andrew Paul has been forged in an unknown position and had already wrapped filming by March ninth. Given the early wrap, he seemingly performs a one-episode half with restricted screentime. 
  2. Man Samuels can have a small half within the second season, showing as a “guard”. Whether or not we’ll see him within the entourage of one of many necessary Northern kings or simply standing watch as an everyday metropolis guard stays to be seen.

Keep tuned with Redanian Intelligence and What’s on Netflix for all updates on The Witcher.