Jodie Turner-Smith is joining the “Witcher” universe.
The “Queen & Slim” star has been cast in a lead role in Netflix’s prequel series “The Witcher: Blood Origin.”
The six-episode limited series will take place 1,200 years before the events of “The Witcher,” starring Henry Cavill as Geralt of Rivia, and show the backstory of the elven civilization before its fall. “Blood Origin” will tell a story lost to time — the creation of the very first 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.
Turner-Smith will play a warrior named Éile, who was blessed with the voice of a goddess and leaves her clan and role as the queen’s guardian to follow her heart and embark on a journey 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.
Declan de Barra, a writer on Season 1 of “The Witcher,” will act as executive producer and showrunner. Lauren Schmidt Hissrich will act as executive producer; she is executive producer and showrunner on Seasons 1 and 2 of “The Witcher.”
Andrzej Sapkowski, who penned the original “Witcher” book series on which the Netflix show is based, will serve as creative consultant on the prequel series. Jason Brown and Sean Daniel from Hivemind and Tomek Baginski and Jarek Sawko from Platige Films also will each serve as executive producers.
After breaking out in “Queen & Slim” from director Melina Matsoukas, Turner-Smith will next be seen in A24’s “After Yang,” Amazon’s “Without Remorse” and as Anne Boleyn in a three-part miniseries for Channel 5.