Michelle Yeoh Cast in Netflix’s “The Witcher” Prequel Series
The Witcher: Blood Origin just got a sensational new cast member. Michelle Yeoh will join Laurence O’Fuarain in the upcoming prequel series for Netflix, which will not only utilize Yeoh’s acting ability but also her felicity with a sword. The talented actress will play Scían, the last member of a tribe of nomadic sword-elves. As she did so memorably in Ang Lee’s masterpiece Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Yeoh will once again be a sword-wielding force to be reckoned with. Here’s how Variety describes her character: “No one can come close to her artistry with the blade, and no one carries as much loss within their heart. When a chance presents itself to retrieve a stolen sacred sword, taken from her fallen tribe by nefarious means, she launches herself into a deadly quest that will change the outcome of the Continent.”
The Witcher itself was a big hit for Netflix. Starring Henry Cavill as Geralt of Rivia and two potent female leads in Freya Allan’s Ciri and Anya Chalotra’s Yennefer, the series has provided two lushly made seasons of monster-slaying goodness. The Witcher: Blood Origin will center on events that happen way before Geralt, Ciri, and Yennefer’s adventures—some 1200 years before. It’ll show the first prototype Witcher, which is a monster hunter for the uninitiated, and reveal the moment that the worlds of men, monsters, and elves merged. The series has been given a 6-episode order. The showrunner for Blood Origin is Declan de Barra, who will also executive producer alongside The Witcher showrunner Lauren Schmidt Hissrich.
Yeoh’s always a busy actress, with a major role in one of the year’s most hotly anticipated films still pending—Marvel’s Shang-Chi and The Legend of the Ten Rings. She’s also starring in James Cameron’s Avatar sequels, which means this talented performer will be mixing it up in the MCU, on distant plants, and in a misty, magical past.
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Featured image: LONDON, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 10: Michelle Yeoh attends the EE British Academy Film Awards at Royal Albert Hall on February 10, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)