In another big reveal coming out of Brazil’s CCXP (Comic Con Experience), Netflix has dropped the full trailer for their upcoming four-part limited series, The Witcher: Blood Originwho makes his debut on 25th of December. The series stars Michelle Yeoh, Sophia Brown and Laurence O’Fuarain and is set long before the streamer’s flagship Witcher series. According to Netflix’s official logline:
More than a thousand years before the events of ‘The Witcher’, seven outcasts in an Elven world join forces in a quest against an all-powerful empire
It sounds to me like the series is a bit of a riff on the classic Seven Samurai/ Wonderful seven formula, where an eclectic group of outlaws and outcasts band together to defeat the forces of evil. Seven is, of course, always the critical number. While Yeoh is the biggest name involved, Brown seems to be in the lead here, playing Éile, a former member of the Queen’s Guard turned traveling musician. Yeoh plays Scían, the last of a tribe of sword elves (who seems to fill the role of mentor quite nicely), while O’Fuarain is Fjall, a disgraced warrior seeking redemption.
It’ll be interesting to see how fans react to Netflix’s attempt to expand The witcher franchise, which is based on Andrzej Sapkowski’s best-selling book series. One of the important aspects that has made the show such a huge appeal is Henry Cavill starring as Geralt of Rivia. But now that he’s about to leave the show, they’re going to have to get the audience invested in the universe more than any actor, and Blood origin seems like a step in that direction.
While The Witcher: Blood Origin comes out at Christmas, you can still expect an entire season of Cavill playing Geralt when the third season makes its Netflix debut in 2023.
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