While it had been rumored that the producers were in talks with Mark Hamill, ultimately the role of Vesemir has gone to Danish actor Kim Bodnia (Killing Eve, The Bridge).
Showrunner Lauren Hissrich had this to say about his casting, "I am so thrilled to welcome Kim Bodnia to the cast of The Witcher. I have admired his unique talents in shows like Killing Eve and The Bridge, and cannot wait for him to bring strength, tenacity, and warmth to the character of Vesemir, who is such an integral part of our upcoming season."
According to the press release, the character of Vesemir is described as a charming relic of the witcher Golden Age. The oldest and most experienced witcher in the series, as well as a father figure to Geralt. As one of the survivors of The Massacre at Kaer Morhen, a haunting slaughter that nearly exterminated the Witchers, he is fiercely protective of the remaining few, who he sees as an endangered community who can find glory on “the Path” slaying monsters.
Henry Cavill has started filming for S2 of the Netflix show, and he's been reunited with his faithful steed.
Freya Allan (Cirilla) has also started filming.
Anya Chalotra (Yennefer) had already been filming for the past week with other co-stars in the forests around the Surrey area.
[S2 Filming Photos]
Production is expected to go until August, and the second season will air sometime in 2021.
The composer for the series announced that they'll be doing a live concert of the music from the show on May 30 in Krakow, Poland as part of the Krakow Film Music Festival
HUGE NEWS!! We’re over the moon to announce that you’ll finally be able to experience the music from your most favorite series LIVE IN CONCERT! Get ready, Witcher fans, we’re bringing you the music from The Witcher live!.. pic.twitter.com/JX46HZuh0d— Sonya Belousova (@SonyaBelousova) March 2, 2020
Joey Batey's (Jaskier) band The Amazing Devil released their newest album this past Friday on Bandcamp