Netflix paused production on the second season of “The Witcher,” which is currently filming in the U.K., for two weeks on Sunday due to growing concerns over the coronavirus pandemic, an individual with knowledge of the situation tells TheWrap.
The Henry Cavill-led fantasy series, which began production on Season 2 last month and is set to launch its new episodes in 2021, is the latest TV show to suspend or delay production due to fears about COVID-19. You can see TheWrap’s full roundup of programs here.
On Friday, Netflix put a two-week hiatus on all of its film and TV production in North America in response to government restrictions and health and safety precautions. Obviously, “The Witcher” was not part of that particular grouping, given that it is shooting in the U.K.
“The Witcher” stars Cavill as monster hunter Geralt of Rivia, Anya Chalotra as sorceress Yennefer, and Freya Allan as Princess Ciri. Along with that trio, who will all be back for Season 2, other returning cast members include Joey Batey as Jaskier, MyAnna Buring as Tissaia, Tom Canton as Filavandrel, Lilly Cooper as Murta, Jeremy Crawford as Yarpin Zigrin, Eamon Farren as Cahir, Mahesh Jadu as Vilgefortz, Terence Maynard as Artorius, Lars Mikkelson as Stregobor, Mimi Ndiweni as Fringilla Vigo, Royce Pierrseson as Istredd, Wilson Radjou-Pujalte as Dara, Anna Shaffer as Triss Merigold and Therica Wilson Read as Sabrina.
The second season will welcome series newcomers “Killing Eve” vet Kim Bodnia as Vesemir, “Game of Thrones” alum Kristofer Hivju as Nivellen, Yasen Atour as Coen, Agnes Born as Vereena, Paul Bullion as Lambert, Thue Ersted Rasmussen as Eskel, Aisha Fabienne Ross as Lydia and Mecia Simson as Francesca.
The series is executive produced by showrunner Lauren Schmidt Hissrich, as well as Tomek Baginski, Jason F. Brown, Sean Daniel, Mike Ostrowski, Steve Gaub and Jarosław Sawko.