‘The Witcher’ stops production after 4 positive COVID-19 tests


“The Witcher” was forced to immediately suspend production of season 2 of the Netflix series after four people tested positive for the coronavirus on Saturday, a knowledgeable source told TheWrap.The four staff members were not part of the cast and were isolated. Netflix will be running a series of tests on everyone involved in the series.

Filming for Season 2, which is set at Arborfield Studios in London, will resume when it is deemed safe to do so.

Netflix announced in June that the Henry Cavill-led series would resume filming on August 17 after being shut down due to the coronavirus in mid-March. Production started in February.

“The Witcher” stars Cavill as monster hunter Geralt of Rivia, Anya Chalotra as witch Yennefer and Freya Allan as Princess Ciri. Along with this trio, which 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 the role of 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 the newcomers of the series “Killing Eve” veterinarian Kim Bodnia as Vesemir, the former student of “Game of Thrones” 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.

Netflix describes the new season saying, “Convinced that Yennefer’s life was lost in the Battle of Sodden, Geralt of Rivia takes Princess Cirilla to the safest place he knows, his childhood home in Kaer Morhen. As the mainland’s kings, elves, humans and demons fight for supremacy outside its walls, he must protect the girl from something far more dangerous: the mysterious power she possesses within.

Season 2 of “The Witcher” is currently slated for release in 2021.

Jennifer Maas contributed to this report.


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