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'The Witcher' Season 2: Basil Eidenbenz Replaces Thue Ersted Rasmussen as Eskel

'The Witcher' Season 2: Basil Eidenbenz Replaces Thue Ersted Rasmussen as Eskel

There has been a casting shake-up for the upcoming second season of The Witcher.

Thue Ersted Rasmussen was previously announced as one of the new cast members for season two, but he had to drop out of the series due to scheduling conflicts caused by COVID-19 pandemic.

Basil Eidenbenz (pictured on the left), who was previously seen in the PBS Masterpiece series Victoria, will take on the role of Witcher Eskel and he has already begun filming his scenes, according to Deadline.

Thue took to Instagram this week to announce his departure from the show.

“Sadly, due to the rescheduling because of Covid-19, I will not be portraying Eskel in The Witcher,” Thue wrote in his post. “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,” Thue continued. “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.”

The Witcher universe is expanding and a brand new series was announced over the summer.

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