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Netflix’s The Witcher Loses Key Actor Due to COVID-19 Schedule Issues

Netflix's The Witcher loses Thue Rasmussen who played the role of Eskel due to COVID-19 rescheduling issues.

September 25, 2020

Netflix’s The Witcher season one was undoubtedly a huge hit over on the streaming platform. The TV series was one of Netflix’s biggest first seasons ever with over 76 million households tuning in to watch (even if it was solely to watch Henry Cavill in that bathtub scene. I mean, who would do that? Not me.) After having to halt production due to COVID-19, season two resumed filming again in August but now it seems that this deadly virus is back again to make things more complicated on the set of The Witcher. Thue Rasmussen, the actor who played Eskel in The Witcher series, has had to drop out of the show because the schedule got changed due to the coronavirus.

Explaining the situation on Twitter, Thue said that “Sadly, due to the rescheduling because of COVID-19, I will not be portraying Eskel in The Witcher. It’s heartbreaking, of course, but I mostly feel happy and grateful for the days I got to spend on set earlier this year” he continues “Everyone was extremely engaged and passionate about the project, and it was a truly inspiring experience.” Rasmussen went on to thank all of his fans for the lovely and encouraging messages he received and wanted to “wish everyone on the show best of luck with the rest of the production. I’m sure Season 2 will be absolutely amazing and now I get to watch it as a fanboy instead of as a Witcher.”

The showrunner for Netflix’s The Witcher, Lauren S. Hissrich, replied to Thue’s tweet with three red hearts to show her love and support with Thue showing his love back again by replying with more hearts, along with the message to Hissrich, “Thank you, Lauren. Best of luck with the rest of the production. I can’t wait to see it!.” Now all that’s left to wonder about is who will be taking over the role of Eskel now that Thue Ersted Rasmussen has had to unfortunately leave. Watch this space for more information as it comes in.

Lauren S. Hissrich gushed on Twitter about her excitement that her show is being renewed stating “I could not be more proud of what the amazing cast and crew of The Witcher have accomplished, and can’t wait for the world to dig in and enjoy these stories with us,” whilst attaching an image of two swords from the show to her tweet as well. When season 2 does land on Netflix, we will be greeted by a few new faces that will be joining the cast of The Witcher. The seven new cast members to join the series is Yasen Atour as Coen, Agnes Bjorn as Vereena, Paul Bullion as Lambert, Kristofer Hivju as Nivellen, whoever will replace Thue Ersted Rasmussen as Eskel, Aisha Fabienne Ross as Lydia, and Mecia Simson as Francesca. For those of you who love Killing Eve, you’ll notice a familiar face in the next season. Kim Bodnia, who plays the role of Konstantin in the spy-action thriller, will play Geralt’s father figure and the oldest Witcher on the continent, Vesemir.

The Witcher: Blood Originthe prequel series which was announced back in July, is set to become even bigger with the introduction of a group of talented writers known for a wide range of works ranging from Swamp Thing, Carnival Row, Moon Knight, Snowpiercer, Mandy, Iron Fist, and many more. Also, even more importantly, the writer’s come from a wide and diverse background meaning that the variety of ideas and creative input will lead to an even greater experience for the show. According to news site Redanian Intelligence, Netflix is looking to cast Aquaman and Game of Thrones star Jason Momoa as the lead character in The Witcher: Blood Origin.

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The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt celebrated its 5-year anniversary a few months ago so, naturally, I took to my keyboard to type out why I still love it so much to this very day. If you have a few minutes, you can check that out right here. For all things monsters and mythology from The Witcher Netflix show, you may enjoy this guide that goes into great detail about the lore of the monsters that Geralt encounters. If you wish, be sure to check out our own review for the Netflix series The Witcher here. If gaming is more your style, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is available now on PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Complete Edition will be heading to next-generation platforms and this time, the game will look as pretty as ever.


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Rachael Fiddis

Rachael (She/Her), who is Deputy Editor & Head of Stakeholder Relations, has been gaming for many years. Some of her favourite video games include The Witcher 3 and The Last of Us but also loves a good indie title. Gaming Culture is where her heart lies and spends many hours sieving through gaming fan art and cosplay displays. Other than gaming, Rachael is a book nerd and music lover.

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