Rumors have been swirling recently regarding the Season 2 lineup for Netflix’s hit epic fantasy series, The Witcher. Now, new reports have emerged to corroborate much of the speculation, according to Deadline.
As previously reported by The Inquisitr, Game of Thrones star Kristofer Hivju, who played Tormund Giantsbane in HBO’s juggernaut series, is one of those confirmed in the cast listing. He will be playing the role of Nivellen, as predicted by The Witcher fansite Redanian Intelligence.
This fansite has been responsible for many of the casting rumors and now, Deadline has confirmed many of their early predictions. This means that viewers will likely be watching the site closely from now on when it comes to reports on the TV show. Most recently, they stated that Season 2 would involve an elf army called the Scoia’tael.
In addition to Hivju joining the lineup for the second season, Yasen Atour (Young Wallender) will star as the Witcher called Coen, and Paul Bullion (Peaky Blinders) will play fellow Witcher Lambert. Agnes Bjorn joins the cast as Vereena, with Thue Ersted Rasmussen (Fast and Furious 9) as Eskel, Aisha Fabienne Ross (The Danish Girl) as Lydia, and Mecia Simson as Francesca.
Series showrunner Lauren S. Hissrich further confirmed this announcement by retweeting Deadline‘s article.
“The Continent just keeps getting bigger,” Hissrich said in the tweet.
Hissrich also stated that Season 1 “set a high bar” regarding casting for the second season.
“Sophie Holland and her casting team have once again found the very best people to embody these characters, and in the hands of these accomplished directors, we’re excited to see these new stories come to life.”
The only new cast member that has been speculated by fans but has not been announced is for the role of Vesemir. Rumors have been circulating that Star Wars actor Mark Hamill is in negotiations for this role but it seems that viewers will have to wait a little longer regarding this character.
These newcomers will join show regulars Henry Cavill as Geralt of Rivia, Anya Chalotra as Yennefer of Vengerberg, Freya Allan as Ciri, and Joey Batey as Jaskier.
At yet, it is assumed that Season 2 of the series will follow the books once more, and several of these new castings further back this up as characters that appear in Andrzej Sapkowski’s popular novels.
Season 1 of The Witcher is currently streaming globally on Netflix. Season 2 is filming at the moment and is expected to be released on the streaming service sometime in 2021. There is also talk that the network is close to confirming a third season of the epic fantasy show.