‘The Witcher: Blood Origin’ casts Jodie Turner-Smith in the lead

Netflix's The Witcher: Blood Origin has roped in in-demand British model-actress Jodie Turner-Smith in the role of Éile in its upcoming prequel to the hit series 'The Witcher'.

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The eagerly-awaited prequel sees Éile, an elite warrior blessed with the voice of a goddess, leaving her clan and position as Queen’s guardian to follow her heart as a nomadic musician.

A grand reckoning on the continent forces her to return to the way of the blade in her quest for vengeance and redemption.

Set some 1200 years before the world of ‘The Witcher‘, ‘Blood Origin‘ will tell a story lost to time – the creation of the first prototype Witcher, and the events that lead to the pivotal “conjunction of the spheres,” when the worlds of monsters, men, and elves merged to become one.

The six-part, live-action limited series is executive produced by writer Declan de Barra and ‘The Witcher‘s showrunner Lauren Schmidt Hissrich, while Andrzej Sapkowski serves as the creative consultant.

While there’s currently no release date for Blood Origin’s, we can confirm that Season 2 of the core show is in the works. However, given that Covid-19 has hampered almost all TV recording schedules – which is set to take place between between May and December 2021, its more likely to happen around mid to late 2022. 

Jodie Turner-Smith alongside Daniel Kaluuya in ‘Queen & Slim’

Jodie Turner-Smith bio

British-born Turner-Smith is one of the most sought-after actresses of today. She is best known for her roles in ‘The Last Ship‘, ‘Nightflyers‘, and most recently her breakthrough feature role in Melina Matsoukas’ directed ‘Queen & Slim‘, which saw receive strong awards recognition, most notably the NAACP Image Awards 2020 nomination for outstanding actress in a motion picture.

She is set to appear in A24’s After Yang’ opposite Colin Farrell as well as Amazon’s Without Remorse, opposite Michael B. Jordan – both slated for release later this year (2021). Turner-Smith, 34, will also star as ‘Anne Boleyn’ in a three-part mini-series for the U.K. broadcaster, Channel 5.


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