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Jodie Turner-Smith to take a starring role as an ‘elite warrior’ in The Witcher: Blood Origin

Jodie Turner-Smith will take a starring role in forthcoming Netflix series The Witcher: Blood Origin, a prequel to the streaming service’s fantasy drama The Witcher. 

The British actress will play Éile, an elite warrior blessed with the voice of a goddess who leaves her position as Queen’s guardian to become a nomadic musician. 

However a battle on the continent forces her to reclaim her sword in the search for vengeance and redemption. 

Coming soon: Jodie Turner-Smith will take a starring role in forthcoming Netflix series The Witcher: Blood Origin, a prequel to the streaming service’s fantasy drama The Witcher

Set some 1200 years before the events of original show, the six-part live action series will focus on the creation of the first prototype Witcher, and the events that lead to the “conjunction of the spheres,” when the worlds of monsters, men, and elves collided. 

Declan de Barra – who previously wrote one episode of The Witcher – will act as Executive Producer, while resident show-runner Lauren Schmidt Hissrich will serve as Executive Producer.

Author Andrzej Sapkowski, who wrote the popular book series upon which the show is based, will serve as creative consultant. 

The original: The new show is one of two planned spin-offs based on The Witcher, starring Henry Cavill (pictured as Geralt of Rivia)

The original: The new show is one of two planned spin-offs based on The Witcher, starring Henry Cavill (pictured as Geralt of Rivia)

Jason Brown and Sean Daniel from Hivemind, and Tomek Baginski and Jarek Sawko from Platige Films will all serve as executive producer.

Based on Sapkowski short stories The Last Wish and Sword of Destiny, series one of The Witcher was released in its entirety on December 20th, 2019.

British star Henry Cavill – best known for his work in the rebooted Superman franchise – was cast as chief witcher Geralt of Rivia after being chosen from more than 200 actors. 

Netflix is also planning an animated spin-off inspired by the series titled The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf, focusing on the origin story of Geralt’s mentor Vesemir, played by Killing Eve star Kim Bodnia. 

Coming soon: Turner-Smith also set to play Queen of England Anne Boleyn across three episodes of a yet to be titled Channel 5 drama. The show is expected to air in 2021

Coming soon: Turner-Smith also set to play Queen of England Anne Boleyn across three episodes of a yet to be titled Channel 5 drama. The show is expected to air in 2021

Turner-Smith is married to fellow actor and former Dawson’s Creek star Joshua Jackson, 42. The couple welcomed their first child, a daughter, in April 2020.

Her previous acting credits include Netflix hit Nightflyers, a horror science-fiction series based on the 1980 novella by Game Of Thrones creator George R.R. Martin and Nicolas Winding Refn film The Neon Demon, a critical and commercial flop. 

She is also set to play Queen of England Anne Boleyn across three episodes of a yet to be titled Channel 5 drama. The show is expected to air in 2021.  

Main man: British star Cavill - best known for his work in the rebooted Superman franchise - was cast as chief witcher Geralt of Rivia after being chosen from more than 200 actors

Main man: British star Cavill – best known for his work in the rebooted Superman franchise – was cast as chief witcher Geralt of Rivia after being chosen from more than 200 actors

Boleyn, who was the white daughter of English nobility, was one of the key causes of the English Reformation and the mother of Queen Elizabeth I. 

Producers Fable Pictures say the drama – which has prompted controversy for casting a black actress in the role – ‘challenges all the conventions of who we think Anne Boleyn was and shines a feminist light on her story.’ 

‘We’re absolutely thrilled to have the magnetic Jodie Turner-Smith on board to encapsulate Anne’s determination to be an equal among men and to pave a path for her daughter.

‘We feel that history has side-lined the voice of this ambitious Queen in favour of the men who brought her down, and that Lynsey Miller’s beautiful, intimate vision will put Anne’s gaze at the heart of the piece.’ 

Happy couple: Turner-Smith is married to fellow actor Joshua Jackson. The couple welcomed their first child, a daughter, in April 2020

Happy couple: Turner-Smith is married to fellow actor Joshua Jackson. The couple welcomed their first child, a daughter, in April 2020 

Speaking about taking on the role, she said: ‘Delving deeper into Anne Boleyn’s immense strengths while examining her fatal weaknesses and vulnerabilities, Eve’s scripts immediately captured my imagination.

‘In the hands of Lynsey Miller, the legend of this formidable queen and fierce mother will be seen as a deeply human story that is still so relevant for today.

‘I look forward to bringing my heart and spirit into this daring retelling of the fall of this iconic woman.’


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