Those behind the Netflix fantasy hit The Witcher are still hard at work so that we can shove a new season right into our eyeballs at some point (hopefully) soon-ish. There have been several possible updates about casting recently, with it sounding like the new season will positively brim with characters who will be brand new to the series, and now we're hearing that Season 2 has, reportedly, cast a video game actor for a different role.
According to Redanian Intelligence, The Witcher has just cast actor Alastair Parker in an undisclosed role. Parker had a prominent role in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt as Carlo Varese, better known as Cleaver. If you're wondering why we're not assuming that Parker might bring his video game character to life on screen for Season 2, that's mostly because Cleaver is a dwarf, and Parker has a very large build that will likely kick him out of the running for the part on TV.
But, it would be a nice twist to the role that Alastair Parker took on in The Witcher 3, because it's thought that he may be playing Sigismund Dijkstra, a character with some impressive physicality, just like Parker. In the game, Parker's character Cleaver is actually another member of The Big Four along with Dijkstra. The two men are part of a quad of gang leaders in Novigrad's criminal underground, with each of them seeking to rule Novigrad, the largest city in the northern part of the Continent. So, if Parker is, indeed, a part of the upcoming season of The Witcher, he could still be keeping with the illegal activities when we see him.
The last we heard word of Dijkstra in relation to The Witcher Season 2, it was late January, and actor Graham McTavish (Outlander, Lucifer) had posted a video of himself auditioning for a part on the show. In the clip, his character was called David, but the content of the scene made it seem very much like a conversation that Dijkstra would have. The character, along with being well-versed in illegal acts, is also the spymaster in the court of King Vizimir of Redania, and head of that kingdom's secret service. He's known for being almost seven feet tall, bald and dressing flamboyantly, despite his massive stomach.
While it seems as though Graham McTavish may not have won the role of Dijkstra in Season 2, there's plenty to look forward to from Alastair Parker if he does, in fact, have the part. He's mostly known for his work voicing video game characters, and, along with The Witcher 3, has given his talents to projects such as Mass Effect 3, Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2, Dragon Age: Inquisition, Total War: Warhammer, and Battlefield 1. On screen, Parker has appeared in Doctor Who, a National Theatre Live presentation of Treasure Island, the series MI-5, White Teeth, and more.
Obviously, right now we don't know if Alastair Parker does have the part of Dijkstra in The Witcher, nor how many episodes he might appear in or when we might first see him on the show. But, if you'd like to get a taste of both Dijkstra and Cleaver in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, you can check out the video below:
We don't have word yet on when The Witcher Season 2 will debut on Netflix, but you can revisit Season 1 on the streamer right now. For more on what to watch in the meantime, check out our guide to fall TV and see what's coming early next year!
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Covering The Witcher, Outlander, Virgin River, Sweet Magnolias and a slew of other streaming shows, Adrienne Jones is a Senior Content Producer at CinemaBlend, and started in the fall of 2015. In addition to writing and editing stories on a variety of different topics, she also spends her work days trying to find new ways to write about the many romantic entanglements that fictional characters find themselves in on TV shows. She graduated from Mizzou with a degree in Photojournalism.