Fans have speculated for months about who will be playing the beloved character of Vesemir in Netflix’s The Witcher, in Season 2. Many fans thought the role would be perfect for Mark Hamill to take on, especially after seeing him in this amazing fanart dressed in a Witcher’s garbs.
But sadly, and more happily for some fans, Mark Hamill will not be playing the role of Vesemir in the next season of The Witcher. Instead, Netflix has announced the Killing Eve actor Kim Bodnia, will take on the role.
“I am so thrilled to welcome Kim Bodnia to the cast of The Witcher,” series showrunner Lauren Schmidt Hissrich said. “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.”
Netflix also released a description of Vesemir in Season 2: “A charming relic of the witcher Golden Age, Vesemir is the oldest and most experienced witcher in our 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’ to slaying monsters.”
In January 2020, IGN interviewed Lauren Hissirch, showrunner for the series and asked her about the possibility and fan hype that went along with Hamill taking on the role. “Mark has always been of interest to me and interest to the project,” Hissrich told IGN. “We have not contacted his agent yet because we’re not casting the role quite yet, but that being said, I am loving what’s happening on the internet. And I’m loving all of the fan reaction to it. Obviously, we’ve seen what a huge fanbase The Witcher has, and to add that to a Star Wars fanbase… it makes my mind explode a little bit.”
The next instalment of The Witcher will premiere in 2021. To get your Bodnia fix, you can see him in Killin Eve over on Hulu, where you can watch the entire series. Bodnia will also appear in the upcoming Netflix fantasy series, The Letter for the King.