Netflix has cast Sophia Brown as Éile in The Witcher: Blood Origin, replacing the role after Jodie Turner-Smith left production.
The news was announced on Twitter and Netflix wrote: “Sophia Brown joins in as Éile, an elite warrior-turned-nomad musician who is forced to pick up the sword again after a grand reckoning on the Continent sets her on a quest for revenge and retaliation.”
Jodie Turner-Smith was previously cast for the role, but she left the project before they started filming. Brown joins the likes of Laurence O’Fuarin (Vikings) and Michelle Yeoh (Star Trek: Discovery) who play Fjall and Scian respectively.
Blood Origin is a prequel series to the regular Witcher show and is set in an elven world 1200 years before the adventures of Geralt of Rivia. There’s an all-new story centered around “the creation of the first prototype Witcher and the events leading up to a pivotal ‘merge of spheres’, when the worlds of monsters, humans, and elves come together into one.” The story will be told over six episodes and has no release date yet.
Blood Origin is in development with showrunner of the original series Lauren Schmidt Hissrich and Declan de Barra who wrote the episode “Of Banquets, Bastards and Burials” for the first season of The Witcher.
We may hear more about the show at WitcherCon this weekend, which will include Henry Cavill, developers of the games and more. In addition, we should be hearing more about the second season of The Witcher that finished filming in April.