Jodie Turner-Smith may no longer be here, but The Witcher: Blood Origin is offering itself a new epic star, since Netflix has announced that Michelle Yeoh will star in the series prequel to the adaptation of the series led by Henry Cavill. Michelle Yeoh will play Scían, the last of her nomadic tribe of sword elves.
Set 1200 years before the events of The Witcher, Blood Origin will take place in the world of elves and will tell a story previously unknown. This six-part series will show how the first wizard came into being. In addition, Blood Origin will relate the “conjunction of spheres”, a historical event that led the worlds separated from monsters, men, and elves to be one.
In this upcoming prequel, Michelle Yeoh plays the role of Scían. According to a Netflix press release: “Scían is the very last of her nomadic tribe of sword elves. No one can approach her art of the blade, and no one carries so much loss in her heart. When a chance presents itself to recover a stolen sacred sword, taken from its fallen tribe by nefarious means, it embarks on a deadly quest that will change the outcome of the Continent”. Basically, this is the perfect role for Yeoh.
Michelle Yeoh is perhaps best known for starring in the 2000 mega-hit, Hidden Tiger and Dragon. She has also starred in The Memoirs of a Geisha, Crazy Rich Asians, as well as in the James Bond film Tomorrow Never Dies. Over the years, Michelle Yeoh has proven that she is capable of performing complex stunts as well as dramatic moments. These are exactly the skills that this ambitious universe requires.
It should be noted that Michelle Yeoh is not replacing Jodie Turner-Smith. Jodie Turner-Smith was to play Eile, an elite warrior with “the voice of a goddess.” The actress had to withdraw from the project due to schedule conflicts. It is not yet known who will take over the role of Eile, but we will keep you informed as soon as we know.
In addition to Michelle Yeoh, Blood Origins will feature Laurence O’Fuarain. The actor will play Fjall, a member of a clan of warriors who have vowed to protect the king, who hides his own scars. The Witcher’s writer, Declan de Barra, will be the executive producer and showrunner of the prequel, and The Witcher’s showrunner Lauren Schmidt Hissrich will be the executive producer. In addition, author Andrzej Sapkowski will be a creative consultant on the series. Jason Brown and Sean Daniel of Hivemind, as well as Tomek Baginski and Jarek Sawko of Platige Films, will all be executive producers.