Turner-Smith Exits “Witcher” Prequel

Originally published on Dark Horizons by Garth Franklin

“Queen and Slim” star Jodie Turner-Smith has exited the lead role in Netflix’s six-episode live-action limited series “The Witcher: Blood Origin”.

Turner-Smith was to play Eile in the 1,200 years prior set prequel to Netflix’s smash hit “The Witcher”. However a delay in the production schedule has led to a scheduling conflict and the British actress was no longer able to do the project.

The series will deal with the creation of the first prototype 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.

Eile is an elite warrior blessed with the voice of a goddess, who has left her clan and position as Queen’s guardian to follow her heart 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 serves as executive producer and showrunner. Turner-Smith will next be seen in A24’s “After Yang” and Amazon’s “Without Remorse” along with a three-part “Anne Boleyn” mini-series for UK’s Channel 5. The latter has released a new trailer you can see below: