According to a Swedish actor who may have accidentally spilled the word, Netflix could be pushing another Witcher spin-off to go along with Nightmare of the Wolf and Blood Origin.
You may remember Dolph Lundgren as Ivan Drago from Rocky 4 (and Creed 2 as well). He was also He-Man in 1987’s Masters of the Universe and made a metric ton of direct-to-video action movies in the 90s and 2000s. Svengeance was most recently in Minions: The Rise of Gru, and will star in both The Expendables 4 and Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom. In an interview with Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet, Lundgren mostly discussed battling lung cancer over the past few years and even having tumors removed in 2020. However, he says he feels “better than he has in five years” after treatment and is currently filming in South Africa. He then casually mentioned Netflix and “The Witcher.”
Lundgren didn’t give any details, but Collider (via Eurogamer ) suspects that the show might not be Witcher Season 4, but actually a Rats spin-off. In the novels, the rats are a group of young Nilfgaardian thieves who appear in the third book, A Time of Scorn. This happens to be the same book that Netflix’s The Wizard Season 3 will be based on.
According to Collider, the spin-off would be a prequel, and since the Rats are generally young and Lundgren is in his 60s, it is speculated that he will play the role of bounty hunter Leo Bonhart. On the Rat Hunt, Bonhart would be the main antagonist of the spin-off, but he could also appear in Season 3 of The Wizard to introduce his character.
All this is just speculation for now. We’ll find out if the Rats and Lundgren will be involved in Season 3 of The Wizard when the first episode airs on Netflix on June 29. The second part will come a month later, on July 27.
It’s not just Netflix’s The Witch getting a spin-off. CD Projekt Red has confirmed that The Witcher is getting more spin-offs as well, although Project Sirius seems to have suffered a major setback. Workers at The Molasses Flood, the developer working on Project Sirius, have reported layoffs just months after the original version of the game was scrapped. All of this could point to problematic development and things not working in CDPR’s newest studio.
Things are also not working out with Henry Cavill, who will be leaving The Witcher after the third season. Showrunner Lauren Schmidt Hissrich said Cavill’s departure left her with a difficult choice, but she didn’t want to end the show, so Hunger Games star Liam Hemsworth will become Geralt of Rivia starting in season four.
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