After actor Thue Ersted Rasmussen dropped out of the role of Eskel in Netflix’s upcoming second season of The Witcher, the series has had to find a new actor to take the role. Thankfully it hasn’t taken them very long as Deadline now reports the role has been filled by Basil Eidenbenz (Victoria, Company X), who will now portray Eskel with production having resumed.
Rasmussen had been cast and already shot scenes for the second season in late February and early March prior to the production lockdown. He was forced to exit the role due to scheduling conflicts in the wake of the global health crisis. Eidenbenz is already on the set and has filmed major scenes for the season.
Eskel is one of Geralt’s fellow Witchers who trained with him in their childhood under the tutelage of their mentor Vesemir. The pair are considered to be like brothers and though Eskel didn’t earn the same fame as Geralt, he is still considered to be a highly skilled Witcher.
Based on the best-selling fantasy series of books, The Witcher is an epic tale of fate and family. Geralt of Rivia, a solitary monster hunter, struggles to find his place in a world where people often prove more wicked than beasts. But when destiny hurtles him toward a powerful sorceress, and a young princess with a dangerous secret, the three must learn to navigate the increasingly volatile Continent together.
The Witcher stars Henry Cavill as Geralt of Rivia, Anya Chalotra as Yennefer and Freya Allan as Ciri. Other cast members include Jodhi May, Björn Hlynur Haraldsson, Adam Levy, MyAnna Buring, Mimi Ndiweni, Therica Wilson-Read, Emma Appleton, Eamon Farren, Joey Batey, Lars Mikkelsen, Royce Pierreson, Maciej Musiał, Wilson Radjou-Pujalte, and Anna Shaffe.
New cast members for season two include Kim Bodnia as Vesemir, Yasen Atour as Coen, Agnes Bjorn as Vereena, Paul Bullion as Lambert, Aisha Fabienne Ross as Lydia, Kristofer Hivju as Nivellen, and Mecia Simson as Francesca.
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