‘The Witcher’ Season 2 Adds 7 To The Cast Including Graham McTavish, Liz Carr & Simon Callow
‘The Witcher‘ has ramped up casting for the upcoming 2nd Season, as it adds seven new faces including Graham McTavish, Liz Carr Simon Callow, Cassie Clare, Chris Fulton, Kevin Doyle and Adjoa Andoh.
Season 1 of ‘The Witcher’ followed Geralt of Rivia (Henry Cavill), a solitary monster hunter, struggling to find his place in a world where people often prove more wicked than beasts. But when destiny hurtled him toward the powerful sorceress Yennefer (Anya Chalotra), and Ciri (Freya Allan), a young princess with a dangerous secret, the three must learn to navigate the increasingly volatile Continent together.
As we head into Season 2, convinced Yennefer’s life was lost at the Battle of Sodden, Geralt of Rivia brings Princess Cirilla to the safest place he knows, his childhood home of Kaer Morhen. While the Continent’s kings, elves, humans and demons strive for supremacy outside its walls, he must protect the girl from something far more dangerous: the mysterious power she possesses inside.
The new people joining the cast are:
Adjoa Andoh as Nenneke. Andoh won global acclaim as Lady Danbury in Netflix’s most popular show yet, ‘Bridgerton’ – a role that has seen her nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actress at the NAACP Image Awards. On the small screen in 2020, she was spellbinding as Dr Isaccs in the psychological thriller ‘Fractured’. Last year also saw her join the cast of BBC1’s ‘Silent Witness’ as guest lead, playing tough cop DI Nina Rosen.
Cassie Clare as Phillippa Eilhart, advisor to King Vizimir in the court of Redania. Clare has appeared in shows such as Sky’s ‘Delicious’, new Netflix series ‘The Irregulars’, Channel 4 drama ‘The Bisexual’, along with films such as ‘Aladdin’, ‘Mama Mia: Here We Go Again’ and ‘What Happened To Monday?’. Along with ‘The Witcher’, she is next due to appear in Netflix’s adaptation of ‘The Sandman’.
Liz Carr as Fenn. Carr is best known for her role as formidable forensic examiner, Clarissa Mullery, in ‘Silent Witness’. Other TV credits include ‘Devs’, ‘The OA’ and ‘Les Miserables’. She can be seen alongside Mark Wahlberg in the upcoming sci-fi thriller ‘Infinite’, due for release later this year.
Graham McTavish as Dijkstra. McTavish was a series regular on ‘Outlander’, where he played Dougal, a Machiavellian Highland Scotsman, and went on to co-create the series ‘Men In Kilts’ with ‘Outlander’ star Sam Heughan (and no, still no UK broadcaster…) He also starred in AMC’s ‘Preacher’, ‘The Hobbit’ movies, the film ‘Creed’, and a host of other projects.
Kevin Doyle as Ba’lian. Doyle is known to many as Joseph Molesley in ‘Downton Abbey’, the ensemble cast of which have received international critical acclaim – most recently to the tune of winning the SAG Award 2016 for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series. He also played John Wadsworth in the BAFTA-winning British series ‘Happy Valley’, and starred in ITV mini-series ‘Paranoid’.
Simon Callow as Codringher. The actor, author and director has written extensively about Charles Dickens, whom he has played in a one-man show, ‘The Mystery of Charles Dickens’ by Peter Ackroyd; in the film ‘Hans Christian Andersen: My Life as a Fairytale’; and on television, including ‘An Audience with Charles Dickens’ and twice in ‘Doctor Who’. His extensive film credits include ‘A Room with A View’, ‘Shakespeare in Love’, ‘Phantom of the Opera’, ‘Victoria and Abdul’, and of course, ‘Four Weddings and a Funeral’ amongst many, many, others.
Chris Fulton as Rience. Fulton recurs on Netflix’s ‘Bridgerton’ as the charismatic stalwart Sir Phillip Crane and will next be seen in ‘Extinction’ for Sky TV. Prior to this, he recurred in the first season of ‘Clique’, a BBC drama series from the creative team behind the hit ‘Skins’. Other television credits include HBO’S ‘Succession’, ITV’s ‘Endeavour’ and ‘One of Us’ for BBC Scotland.
These seven join the previously announced new cast of Yasen Atour as Coen, Agnes Born as Vereena, Paul Bullion as Lambert, Basil Eidenbenz as Eskel, Aisha Fabienne Ross as Lydia, Kristofer Hivju as Nivellen, Mecia Simson as Francesca, and Kim Bodnia as Vesemir. They all join the returning season one cast members which includes Henry Cavill, Anya Chalotra, Freya Allan, Joey Batey, MyAnna Buring, Tom Canton, Lilly Cooper, Jeremy Crawford, Eamon Farren, Mahesh Jadu, Terence Maynard, Lars Mikkelsen, Mimî M Khayisa, Royce Pierreson, Wilson Mbomio, Anna Shaffer, and Therica Wilson-Read.
The second season will be directed by Stephen Surjik (‘The Umbrella Academy’), Sarah O’Gorman (‘Cursed’), Ed Bazalgette (‘The Last Kingdom’), and Louise Hooper (‘Cheat’). Lauren Schmidt Hissrich returns as showrunner and also exec produces alongside Tomek Baginski, Jason F. Brown, Sean Daniel, Mike Ostrowski, Steve Gaub and Jaros?aw Sawko.
In addition to a 2nd Season, it was previously announced that Netflix had commissioned a prequel limited series, ‘The Witcher: Blood Origin‘. Set in an elven world 1200 years before the events of ‘The Witcher’, Blood Origin will tell a story lost to time – the origin of the very first 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 Witcher‘ Season 2 has returned to filming following pandemic shutdowns, and will (hopefully!) premiere in 2021 on Netflix UK and worldwide.