As you read this Henry Cavill may be swinging around a fake sword; or, if it's early on a filming day, sitting for hair and make-up as Geralt's silver mane is carefully placed on his head. Production on season 2 of The Witcher is underway in the United Kingdom, and Netflix has released some new casting information along with its announcement.
The big standout amongst today's casting announcements is that Peaky Blinders' Paul Bullion will be taking on the role of Lambert, the surly lesser-known witcher who got a bit of a spotlight in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. While showrunner Lauren Hissrich isn't adapting from the CD Projekt Red games, that hasn't stopped Bullion from taking to Twitter with a reference to a particularly memorable boat ride Lambert and Geralt shared in The Witcher 3:
News prick!" pic.twitter.com/2CKZJjOx6B— Paul Bullion (@PaulBullionLive) February 21, 2020
Lambert's not the only other witcher we'll meet in season two: Yasen Atour (Young Wallender) and Thue Ersted Rasmussen (the next Fast & Furious film) will play Coen and Eskel.
Rounding out the cast's new additions are Agnes Bjorn as the bruxa Veerena, Aisha Fabienne Ross as Vilgefortz' assistant Lydia, Mecia Simson as Francesca, and Kristofer Hivju—best-known for his Game of Thrones role as Tormund Giantsbane—as Nivellen.
Netflix also took the opportunity to announce the directors for the season's eight episodes. All four are newcomers to the series, and each of them will direct two episodes: Stephen Surjik (Umbrella Academy), Sarah O'Gorman (Cursed), Ed Bazalgette (The Last Kingdom), and Geeta Patel (Meet The Patels).
Along with Geralt (Cavill), Yennefer (Anya Chalotra), and Ciri (Freya Allen), a dozen other familiar faces from the massively successful first season including Tissaia (MyAnna Buring, Kill List) and Cahir (Eamon Farren, Twin Peaks) will come back in the next round of episodes.
Joey Batey will also return as "fan-favourite" Jaskier (that's quoted from Netflix's press release—the streaming giant is well-aware of your love for "Toss a Coin to Your Witcher").
Netflix plans to debut season two of The Witcher some time in 2021. An animated prequel movie starring Geralt's mentor Vesemir is also in the works.