The Witcher recasts major role for season 2

Geralt's (Henry Cavill) friend and fellow Witcher Eskel will now be played by Swiss actor Basil Eidenbenz.

Netflix’s hit fantasy series The Witcher has recast new character Eskel for its second season. 

The role of fellow monster hunter and friend to Geralt of Rivia (Henry Cavill) will now be played by Swiss actor Basil Eidenbenz, who previously had a major role in the ITV royal drama Victoria as well as the Sky History spy series X Company

It was originally set to be played by Thue Ersted Rasmussen, but he had to drop out due to scheduling conflicts which stemmed from delays caused by COVID-19.

“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 wrote on Instagram. 

“I’m sure season two will be absolutely amazing. And now I get to watch it as a fanboy instead of as a Witcher.”

Also set to join the cast for this highly-anticipated second season include Paul Bullion and Game of Thrones’s Kristofer Hivju as Witcher’s Lambert and Nivellen, as well as Killing Eve’s Kim Bodnia as their mentor Master Vesemir. 

Nothing has been confirmed about the plot for season 2, but the presence of so many Witcher’s suggests that it may see Geralt take his ward Ciri (Freya Allen), a young princess with mysterious powers, to their school of Kaer Morhen to begin training.  

The Witcher resumed filming last month after production was suspended back in March due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

You can stream the first season of The Witcher on Netflix now. 

Source: The Independent

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