Jodie Turner-Smith Leave Netflix’s ‘The Witcher: Blood Origin’ Due To Scheduling Conflict
Netflix’s limited prequel series ‘The Witcher: Blood Origin’ has lost one of its leads, as Jodie Turner-Smith has, unfortunately, had to step away from the part of Éile due to a scheduling conflict.
Set in an elven world 1200 years before the world of ‘The Witcher’, ‘Blood Origin’ will tell a story lost to time – the creation of the first prototype 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.
Jodie Turner-Smith (‘Nightflyers’, ‘The Last Ship’) was set to play Éile; 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. A grand reckoning on the continent forces her to return to the way of the blade in her quest for vengeance and redemption. The part will now be recast.
The reason for Turner-Smith leaving the role is purely due to a calendar clash. Filming on the series was bumped back slightly (as tends to happen at the moment due to the pandemic), and it now conflicts with another project. The heavily in-demand actress can next be seen on Channel 5’s three-part psychological drama ‘Anne Boleyn’, which explores the final months of her life from a feminist perspective, and is due to begin work on IRA thriller ‘Borderland’ alongside Felicity Jones and John Boyega.
It was recently announced Irish actor Laurence O’Fuarain (‘Vikings’, ‘Game of Thrones’, ‘Into the Badlands’) would take the other lead role in ‘The Witcher’, ‘Blood Origin’ of Fjall, who was born into a clan of warriors sworn to protect a King but carries a deep scar within – the death of a loved one who fell in battle trying to save him. A scar that won’t let him settle, or make peace with himself or the world around him. 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.
Declan de Barra (‘The Originals, ‘The Witcher’) will act as Executive Producer and Showrunner and Lauren Schmidt Hissrich (‘The Witcher’ showrunner) will act as Executive Producer. Original author Andrzej Sapkowski will serve as creative consultant on the series. Jason Brown and Sean Daniel from Hivemind, and Tomek Baginski and Jarek Sawko from Platige Films will all serve as executive producers.
No news yet on when ‘The Witcher: Blood Origin‘ will premiere, but it will be a six-part, live-action, limited series when it does land. We’ll keep you posted when we have more information.
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