The Witcher has added some pretty significant star power to its Season 3 ranks, with actors from Marvel’s Shang-Chi and Prime Video’s Upload among four new cast members.
Revealed via the official Witcher Twitter accountthe hit Netflix show’s casting ranks have risen with the additions of Shang-Chi star Meng’er Zhang and Upload lead male actor Robbie Amell.
The duo are also joined by Hugh Skinner (Fleabag) and Christelle Elwin (Bloods) as part of The Witcher season 3, which recently began filming in Croatia and the UK.
Check out the casting confirmation in the tweet below:
The cast of season 3 of THE WITCHER is still growing: welcome to the continent to ROBBIE AMELL (Upload), MENG’ER ZHANG (Shang-Chi and the legend of the ten rings), HUGH SKINNER (Fleabag) and CHRISTELLE ELWIN ( Bloods)! pic.twitter.com/VOIAtnivljApril 14, 2022
Zhang, who starred as Shang-Chi’s estranged sister Xu Xialing in the 2021 Marvel film, is in line to play Milva, a fierce and skilled human hunter and archer who is sure to dish out plenty of punishment. upon the arrival of the third season of the series. A Netflix Tudum article mentions that Milva was “adopted by the dryads of Brokilon Forest”, which viewers may remember from The Witcher season 1. Will we see the dryads again in season 3? Time will tell us.
Amell, who recently appeared in Upload season 2 and Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City, is set to take on the role of Gallatin. Described in the Netflix article Tudum as a “born fighter”, Gallatin will lead a gang of guerrillas called the Scoia’tael, who fight on behalf of the evil Nilfgaardian Empire. Expect him to cross paths with Geralt, Ciri, and Yennefer in Season 3.
Skinner will play Radovid, the younger brother of King Vizimir of Redania who fights his way into the inner circle of the Redanian Intelligence. He is portrayed as a charming but aloof (and sometimes drunken) individual who has a steady political hand.
Finally, Elwin will play a character called Mistle, a resourceful member of a gang of misfit teenagers called the Rats. Like Robin Hood, Mistle and his crew rob from the rich and give to the poor (and to themselves). According to Netflix Tudum, a “chance encounter” will change his life trajectory, however. From what we know of Andrzej Sapkowski’s series of novels, something tells us that it will have something to do with Ciri…
There is no official release date for The Witcher season 3 yet, so it will be some time before we see these characters on our screens. But, with principal photography starting at the end of March, hopefully the wait won’t be too long.
Analysis: a time of contempt, indeed
If there was any doubt about which Witcher novel the next installment in the series would be based on, these casting announcements have all but confirmed which of Sapkowski’s books it will be based on.
Showrunner Lauren Hissrich previously (and exclusively) told TechRadar that The Witcher season 3 would be based on Time of Contempt, the second novel in Sapkowski’s Witcher novel series. Given that this has always been the plan for the show’s third season, it may seem odd to us to say that these new cast members are outright revealing this season 3. will be be based on the time of contempt.
However, Netflix’s adaptation of The Witcher took a number of creative liberties with its source material – something some fans have criticized in recent months. So there was always the possibility that Season 3 would be based on Time of Contemp, but not necessarily stick rigidly to what happens in the novel.
The additions of this quartet of actors – and the characters they’ll play – seem to suggest that The Witcher season 3 will align closely with Time of Contempt, however. The Gallatin of Amell (and the Scoia’tael in general) have a major role to play in Time of Contempt. Meanwhile, in Sapkowski’s novel, Geralt ends up inadvertently visiting Brokilin Forest (Milva’s home) and Mistle encounters Ciri alongside her fellow rats. Finally, the Kingdom of Redania has a bigger role to play in Time of Contemp and beyond – hence Radovid’s appearance in Season 3.
So all of this validates Hissrich’s comments that The Witcher’s third season will be largely based on Time of Contemp. This book being his favorite in Sapkowski’s fantasy series, we hope Hissrich and company do justice to the characters that appear in this novel and the plot that unfolds.