“The Witcher” Season 2 will resume production Aug. 17, Netflix announced Monday.
The show’s Twitter account tweeted: “I’m dusting off my lute and quill, I have some news, some mead to spill: After all the months we’ve been apart, It’s time for production to restart. The Witcher and his bard – who’s flawless, Will reunite on set 17 August.”
The Henry Cavill-led Netflix series was filming its second season in the United Kingdom when the pandemic hit and production on the show — and hundreds of other series around the world — was shut down in mid March. Actor Kristofer Hivju (“Game of Thrones”), who is joining the show for Season 2, tested positive for coronavirus after everyone was sent home and the studio was shut down to go through a deep clean. At this time, no other cast or crew member has tested positive.
In late May, UK broadcasters and the British Film Commission both released sets of guidelines for TV shows and movies that are going to begin/resume production in the country amid COVID-19. Netflix did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for further details about the precautions that will be taken on set when filming resumes for “The Witcher.”
“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, 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.
I’m dusting off my lute and quill,
I have some news, some mead to spill:
After all the months we’ve been apart
It’s time for production to restart.
The Witcher and his bard – who’s flawless,
Will reunite on set 17 August.
— The Witcher (@witchernetflix) June 22, 2020