In late January, internet users were stirred by news of a casting for The Witcher: Blood Origin, a prequel to Netflix's The Witcher. That's when Jodie Turner-Smith, a well-known model who's also in demand on the acting market (she's supposed to play the titular queen in Anne Boleyn), was cast as female elf warrior Eile.
Unfortunately, Turner-Smith will not appear in the upcoming prequel series. This information was given by a Netflix spokesperson, who justified the actress' absence with changes in the production schedule, which made further cooperation impossible (via Deadline). It is said that it was about the change of shooting date for the series, which allegedly conflicted with other plans of the British star.
This means the creators now have to find a replacement for Turner-Smith, and let's face it, it's a pretty important, specific role that requires a specific beauty, voice, and physique. After all, she's a warrior elf who sounds like a goddess and seeks fulfillment as a traveling musician only to be forced to return to the path of vengeance. Quite a complex characteristic, don't you think?
The exact release date of The Witcher: Blood Originis still unknown, which shouldn't come as a surprise considering the above complications. Declan de Barra is responsible for the project, and well-known producers Lauren Schmidt Hissrich and Tomasz Baginski will assist him as executive producers. Jason Momoa is being considered for the lead role.
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