Netflix definitely wants Jason Momoa to star as the very first Witcher in its upcoming prequel miniseries…and it looks like Momoa is into it.
Last week, rumors began to circulate that Jason Momoa was being considered for a starring role in Netflix’s upcoming Witcher prequel six-part miniseries, Blood Origin, which will introduce us to the first-ever Witcher. But what at first looked like fan-casting seems to be taking on shape.
Fansite Redanian Intelligence, which has a strong track record when it comes to Witcher-related news and rumors, cites two different sources as saying Momoa is being strongly considered for the series, which will show us what happened over a thousand years before Geralt of Rivia and company were born, when the worlds of elves, men and monsters came together in a mysterious magical event known as the Conjunction of the Spheres.
One of those sources is industry rag Production Weekly, basically a Hollywood trade publication. It was right there in their description of the show from back in July: “Jason Momoa mentioned for the lead.”
It’s important to note that Momoa is just under consideration for the part; we don’t know if he’s been cast for sure yet. But we can see it. Between his work as Aquaman, on Game of Thrones and on Apple TV+’s See, Momoa clearly enjoys the fantasy genre, so this would make sense for him, although with his popularity I’m sure his quote is pretty high (although nothing Netflix can’t afford). It would also kinda-sorta reunite him with his Justice League costar Henry Cavill, who played Superman in that movie and Geralt in the main Witcher show.
Oh, and then Momoa posted this image to his Instagram Stories:
The artwork is by spdrmnkyxxiii. If we unsure if Momoa was interested in becoming the first Witcher before, we aren’t now.
Blood Origin is set to begin production after season 2 of The Witcher wraps filming next February. The showrunner is Declan de Barra, with original series showrunner Lauren Hissrich on board as an executive producer.
De Barra explained his approach to Blood Origin when the show was first announced. “A question has been burning in my mind ever since I first read The Witcher books: What was the Elven world really like before the cataclysmic arrival of the humans? I’ve always been fascinated by the rise and fall of civilizations, how science, discovery, and culture flourish right before that fall. How vast swathes of knowledge are lost forever in such a short time, often compounded by colonization and a rewriting of history. Leaving only fragments of a civilization’s true story behind. The Witcher: Blood Origin will tell the tale of the Elven civilization before its fall, and most importantly reveal the forgotten history of the very first Witcher.”
Netflix is also making an animated Witcher one-off called Nightmare of the Wolf, as well as a behind-the-scenes show about season 1 currently available on Netflix. They’re trying to make a Witcher empire here. Will Jason Momoa be a part of it?