Netflix has recast a major role for Season 2 of The Witcher

By Dom Peppiatt, Monday, 28 September 2020 10:22 GMT

Thue Ersted Rasmussen, who was previously confirmed to be played Eskel in The Witcher, Season 2, has been recast thanks to scheduling conflicts.

Netflix’s The Witcher series has recast a key role ahead of Season 2 landing on the streaming network.

Rasmussen has had to step down from the role thanks to scheduling conflicts that have arisen because fo the Coivd-19 pandemic.

As he explained on Instagram: “Sadly, due to the rescheduling because of Covid-19, I will not be portraying Eskel in The Witcher. It’s heartbreaking, of course, but I mostly feel happy and grateful for the days I got to spend on set earlier this year. Everyone was extremely engaged and passionate about the project and it was a truly inspiring experience.

“I’m sure season 2 will be absolutely amazing and now I get to watch it as a fanboy instead of as a Witcher.”

Basil Eidenbenz (who you may recognize from Victoria, The Athena or X Company) will play the character instead of Rasmussen, and has already been on-set filming scenes for Season 2 (thanks Deadline).

This isn’t the first time the show has faced complications thanks to the on-going pandemic: back in March, Kristofer Hivju contracted the virus, and production was paused as the team waited for him to make a recovery.

Hivju – who plays Nivellen – made a full recovery and filming for the series resumed on August 17.

The show has been a breakout hit for Netflix and as a result of the series’ popularity, developer CD Projekt Red has seen an absolutely massive increase in sales of the game.

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