Netflix’s The Witcher Season 2 Faces Eskel Recasting Amid Scheduling Issues

Season 2 of Netflix’s The Witcher is currently back in production after a prolonged postponement earlier this year, but it appears its COVID-19 woes aren’t quite over.

While no cast or crew members have been tested positive, Deadline reports that scheduling conflicts as a result of the global pandemic has caused Thue Ersted Rasmussen to step down from the role of Eskel and leave the project altogether.

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In his place will be Swiss actor Basil Eidenbenz (Denial, Victoria) to play as the supporting Witcher alongside Henry Cavill’s Geralt of Rivia.

“Sadly, due to the rescheduling because of COVID-19, I will not be portraying Eskel in The Witcher,” wrote Rasmussen to his fans on social media. “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.”

“A heartfelt thank you to all the fans who wrote me lovely, encouraging messages. I wish everyone on the show best of luck with the rest of the production. I’m sure season 2 will be absolutely amazing and now I get to watch it as a fanboy instead of as a Witcher.”

Despite the casting, it seems as though it won’ affect the premiere date of The Witcher Season 2, which is still expected to release on the streamer sometime in 2021.