Jodie Turner-Smith exits The Witcher prequel Blood Origin
The start date for filming was pushed back creating a conflict in scheduling.
Netflix’s upcoming The Witcher prequel series has lost its star.
The Witcher: Blood Origin had cast Jodie Turner-Smith in a lead role but today it was announced that the Queen and Slim star has been forced to exit the project due to scheduling conflicts.
She was set to play Éile, an elite warrior turned travelling musician who is “forced to return to the way of the blade” by a “grand reckoning on the continent” according to the official character description.
The search is currently underway for Turner-Smith’s replacement.
Set 1,200 years before the events of the main show, the live-action Blood Origin will explore a pivotal moment in Witcher lore known as the Conjunction of the Spheres when the worlds of men, monsters and elves became one.
It will also cover how the first Witcher, a type of a very powerful monster hunter, came to be.
Last month, it was confirmed that Vikings actor Laurence O’Fuarain will play the other lead role, a former soldier named Fjall.
The highly-anticipated second season of the main Witcher show recently wrapped filming and it’s expected to hit Netflix sometime toward the end of the year.
An animated Witcher prequel film titled Nightmare of the Wolf which will focus on Geralt’s (Henry Cavill) mentor Vesemir is also due for release in 2021.
You can stream the first season of The Witcher on Netflix now.