Netflix’s The Witcher Prequel Casts Jodie Turner-Smith as Lead Character

Netflix's The Witcher prequel Blood Origin casts Queens & Slim's Jodie Turner-Smith as a lead character in the six-episode mini-series.

In a report from Deadline, actress Jodie Turner-Smith has landed a leading role in Netflix’s The Witcher: Blood Origin. The six-part miniseries was announced in July 2020 with Lauren Hissrich as a producer. Turner-Smith plays Eile, “an elite warrior blessed with the voice of a goddess, who has left her clan and position as Queen’s guardian to follow her heart as a nomadic musician,” says Deadline. When a “grand reckoning” threatens her continent, Eile goes on a quest for redemption and revenge.

The Witcher: Blood Origin is a prequel set 1,200 years before the 2019 show. The series takes place before the Conjunction of Spheres, a time period where monsters and magic came to man’s world. The show follows the creation of the first Witcher, a story not touched on by the games and books. The show’s writer’s room includes writers from shows like Snowpiercer, Swamp Thing, and Iron Fist.

Turner-Smith’s biggest movie is 2019’s Queen & Slim, a crime movie she stars alongside Daniel Kaluuya. Another big project she’s starred in is SyFy’s Nightflyers, a show based on a novella from Game of Thrones‘ George R.R. Martin.

Blood Origin isn’t the only Witcher spinoff. The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf is an animated film from the show’s Lauren Hissrich and Beau DeMayo. In addition to the spinoffs, season three is reportedly in the works. Season two of The Witcher is in production right now. Production was halted last November due to COVID-19 outbreaks and in December after Henry Cavill received an injury on set.

The Witcher is available to stream on Netflix now. You can read our review of season one here. Currently, there’s no release date for season two and the show’s spinoffs. If you’re craving more from the series, you can read the book series now.

David Gill

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