The second season of The Witcher has unfortunately lost one its new cast members due to scheduling conflicts, with Fast & Furious 9 star Thue Rasmussen confirming his exit from the popular Netflix show. Rasmussen was due to portray the Witcher, Eskel, in the show but has sadly had to drop out due to commitments elsewhere.
"Sadly, due to the rescheduling because of [current circumstances], 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. Everyone was extremely engaged and passionate about the project and it was a truly inspiring experience."
Given the characters importance to the show, the creative team behind The Witcher will no doubt be looking to recast as soon as possible.
The first season of The Witcher follows Henry Cavill as Geralt, a mutated monster hunter, who struggles to find his place in a world where people often prove more wicked than beasts. Set on a fictional, medieval-inspired landmass known as "the Continent", The Witcher explores the legend of Geralt and princess Ciri, who are linked by destiny to each other. The first season tells a non-linear story and follows the three main protagonists at different points of time, exploring formative events that shaped their characters, before eventually merging into a single timeline.
Season 2 on Netflix will stretch both Cavill's actual muscles and his acting ones even more this time around, with showrunner Lauren Schmidt Hissrich recently explaining that while Geralt of Rivia started out in the first season as a single-minded mercenary, season 2 will evolve that arc. "It's all protecting the sort of internal -- we call it his white knight syndrome -- his internal desire to be a hero and the sort of human emotions that he can't help but let filter through, even though he's determined to tell everyone that he doesn't have an emotional capacity," she said.
"I think a lot of that conflict is fun to play, and it's kind of all going to explode in Season 2. All of the times that we saw him withhold, all the times that we saw Geralt sort of internalize things as opposed to externalize, in Season 2 he's going to be confronted with that a lot more and has to make some different choices."
Alongside Cavill, The Witcher stars Anya Chalotra as Yennefer of Vengerberg, Freya Allan as Ciri, and Joey Batey as Jaskier. Several exciting new cast members will be joining Cavill on his adventure through the monster-infested world of The Witcher including Yasen Atour as Coën, Agnes Bjorn as Vereena, Paul Bullion as Lambert, Aisha Fabienne Ross as Lydia, acting newcomer Mecia Simson as Francesca, and Kristofer Hivju as Nivellen. The second season will also introduce fan-favorite character and Witcher trainer Vesemir, played by Killing Eve's Kim Bodnia.
The Witcher season 2 recently returned to filming, with showrunner Lauren S. Hissrich and series director Stephen Surjik confirming that they have now returned to the valley of plenty after much delay. Filming on the series was put on hold back in March due to the ongoing global situation, as well as new cast member Kristofer Hivju falling ill. The Witcher season 2 is expected to hit Netflix in summer 2021. This comes to us from Thue Rasmussen's official Instagram account.