After enthralling viewers with power-packed performances, The Witcher is set to resume filming the second season in August as per Netflix’s recent tweet. Check out the recent developments.
The Witcher, a Polish-American drama series, debuted on Netflix in December. The Henry Cavill-starrer is based on a book series by AndrzejSapkowski. Other than Cavill, riveting performances by Freya Allan and Anya Chalotra left fans wanting more and the planned second season began filming in London.
- Coronavirus halted the shoot of Witcher season 2
- Filming to resume, says Netflix
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It was stopped abruptly in March when the newest cast member, Kristofer Hivju (of Game of Thrones fame), tested positive for Covid-19, and the lockdowns were announced. Netflix has now revealed that the filming is set to resume. Scroll down for more.
Coronavirus played spoilsport and halted the shoot
The Witcher is one of Netflix’s massive success stories, with some 76 million viewers glued on to the first season. Henry Cavill plays the lead, Geralt of Rivia. In October 2018, Freya Allan and Anya Chalotra were cast as Princess Cirilla and Yennefer of Vengerberg, respectively. The series draws upon the journey of Geralt whose destiny is linked to Princess Cirilla. The first season focuses on the background of the characters, underlying their formative years, the most dramatic of which is that of Yennefer, who transforms from a simple peasant girl with a disability to a powerful sorceress.
The first season is based on The Last Wish and Sword of Destiny, which are collections of short stories that precede the main Witcher saga.
Before the first season was released, Netflix announced that a second eight-episode season will premiere in 2021. The Witcher was shooting at Arborfield studios outside London, when actor Kristofer Hivju tested positive for coronavirus. The studio was shut down and went through a deep clean. Netflix also had to shut down all its other productions in March due to the pandemic.
Netflix goes lyrical in true Witcher style
Once they decided that the shoot will resume, Netflix posted the news in the style of the cult-favourite bard, Jaskier:
“I’m dusting off my lute and quill,
I have some news, some mead to spill:
After all the months we’ve been apart,
it’s time for production to restart.
The Witcher and his bard – who’s flawless,
Will reunite on set 17 August.”
Check the post here.
Principal photography for the season will begin in the UK from August 17. An animated feature The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf, is also in the works.
When will The Witcher steal our hearts again?
Though the makers haven’t announced a release date yet, most TV experts had said that the second season should be expected sometime in mid-2021. If everything goes right, then The Witcher will be back on our screens by late 2021. Visit our website for the latest updates.
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