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Irish actor Laurence O'Fuarain to star in The Witcher: Blood Origin

The six-part limited series will be a prequel to the Netflix fantasy series The Witcher, which first hit screens in late 2019.

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Laurence O'Fuarain in a still from Void. Photo: Alan McCarthy

Laurence O'Fuarain in a still from Void. Photo: Alan McCarthy

Laurence O'Fuarain in a still from Void. Photo: Alan McCarthy

Irish actor Laurence O’Fuarain will appear in the upcoming series The Witcher: Blood Origin, Netflix has confirmed. 

The six-part limited series will be a prequel to the Netflix fantasy series The Witcher, which first hit screens in late 2019.

The Witcher: Blood Origin takes place in an elven world 1200 years before the world of The Witcher, and tells the story of the events that lead to the worlds of monsters, men, and elves merging into one.

Declan de Barra has created the series alongside The Witcher showrunner Lauren Schmidt Hissrich and it will explore the origins behind the feud between elves and humans as seen in the main series, while also revealing how the order of Witchers was founded.

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Laurence O'Fuarain in Void: Photo: Eoin McLoughlin

Laurence O'Fuarain in Void: Photo: Eoin McLoughlin

Laurence O'Fuarain in Void: Photo: Eoin McLoughlin

De Barra shared: “The Witcher: Blood Origin will tell the tale of the Elven civilization before its fall, and most importantly reveal the forgotten history of the very first Witcher.

“I’ve always been fascinated by the rise and fall of civilizations, how science, discovery, and culture flourish right before that fall. How vast swathes of knowledge are lost forever in such a short time, often compounded by colonization and a rewriting of history. Leaving only fragments of a civilisation’s true story behind,” he continued.

O’Fuarain will play the role of Fjall in the highly anticipated prequel. Born into a clan of warriors sworn to protect a King, Fjall carries a deep scar within, the death of a loved one who fell in battle trying to save him. In his quest for redemption, Fjall will find himself fighting beside the most unlikely of allies in the series.

O’Fuarain previously starred in Irish period drama Black 47, as well as television hits Game of Thrones, Can’t Cope Won’t Cope, and Vikings.

He will be co-starring with NightflyersJodie Turner-Smith, who has been cast as Éile, an elite warrior with the voice of an angel.

O’Fuarain won’t be the only Irishman on set, as Waterford native Declan de Barra will act as Executive Producer and Showrunner on the production.

The release date for The Witcher: Origins is still unknown.

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