Netflix is moving right along with The Witcher season 2. The fantasy show made its debut on the streaming service in December and quickly became a huge hit. Henry Cavill will be returning as Geralt of Rivia for another round of swords and sorcery and he's going to have some company in the form of Dolittle star Carmel Laniado, who is joining the cast in season 2. The stars will be getting to work in a hurry, as production is set to begin very soon.
According to a new report, filming is set to kick off this month on the Netflix original, with production set to take place in Scotland and Eastern Europe. Word is Netflix is setting up shop in Arborfield Studios, which is located west of London. The show's debut season filmed in Hungary, Poland and Spain. The big thing here is that viewers may not have to wait all that long for new episodes of The Witcher. With filming kicking off soon, if all goes well, we could see the series return in late 2020 or early 2021.
The report also notes that Carmel Laniado has signed on to play a character named Violet in season 2. Violet is described as "a young girl whose playful and whimsical demeanor is a front for a smarter and more sadistic character." It's said Laniado will at least appear in three episodes. It was previously revealed when Netflix handed out an early renewal to The Witcher that the sophomore season will consist of eight episodes. Laniado is a relative newcomer to the business, are her only official credits are 2019's A Christmas Carol miniseries, which was produced for FX, as well as Dolittle, which is currently in theaters.
Netflix is historically very shy about revealing any sort of ratings information for its shows or movies. They did, however, boast that The Witcher season 1 was on track to become its most successful launch ever, with 76 million subscriber households tuning in to check it out. The show is adapted from author Andrzej Sapkowski's book series. Prior to the live-action series, the books had been turned into a highly popular series of video games, with 2015's The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt going on to sell more than 20 million copies, in addition to earning many industry accolades.
While critics were slightly mixed on the show, as it currently holds a 66 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, viewers seemed to be mostly on board, as it boasts a 92 percent audience rating. Aside from the show's second season, we also learned recently that Netflix is producing an anime movie titled The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf. No release timeline has been revealed, but it's expected that the movie will help fill the void between seasons. We'll be sure to keep you posted as any more details on The Witcher season 2 are made available. This news comes to us via Deadline.