James Bond star Michelle Yeoh has joined the cast of Netflix’s upcoming prequel series to The Witcher.

The 58-year-old actress has been cast in one of the lead roles and will be playing an elf on a dangerous quest.

Yeoh is best known for her roles in Tomorrow Never Dies and the martial arts movie Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.

She also starred in Crazy Rich Asians and Last Christmas alongside Game of Thrones actress Emilia Clarke.

The Witcher: Blood Origin is a prequel to the hit series starring Superman actor Henry Cavill.

The six-part limited series, set in an elven world 1,200 years before The Witcher, will tell the story of the first prototype Witcher.

It will also delve into the events leading up to the “conjunction of the spheres” when the worlds of monsters, men and elves merged into one.

Yeoh is taking on the role of Scían, described as “the very last of her nomadic tribe of sword-elves.” 

She is “an artist with the blade, on a deadly quest that will change the fate of the continent.” 

She joins Game of Thrones actor Laurence O’Fuarain who’s playing a warrior named Fjall. 

Anne Boleyn actress Jodie Turner-Smith was originally cast in the lead role of Éile but dropped out due to scheduling conflicts.

Blood Origin’s executive producer and Witcher showrunner Lauren Schmidt Hissrich shared her excitement over Yeoh’s casting on Twitter.

She tweeted: “So thrilled that The Witcher: Blood Origin family is growing. “Welcome, Michelle! Can’t wait to see you stab someone!”

Fans were quick to share their excitement in response. 

One person raved: “Michelle is one of the best most underrated actors of our time. Plus she kicks all ass. 

“My favourite movies show her incredible diverse acting range Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, Memoirs of a Geisha, Babylon AD, Crazy Rich Asians and The Heroic Trio. 

“There’s nothing she can’t do.”

Another said: “I stan already. I don’t think you can go wrong with Michelle Yeoh cast as a swordswoman.”

A third added: “The Irish word for a knife as a name? Should be an interesting character.”

While a fourth said: “She’s my favourite actress! I can’t express how delighted I am.”

Another tweeted: “Yes! My QUEEN!”

While another simply said: “Oh hell yes!!”

And one fan rejoiced: “She’s gonna kill so many people…”

The Witcher: Blood Origin is likely still a long way off, but the streaming service has much more Witcher news to share this week.

It is hosting a virtual WitcherCon alongside game developer CD Projekt Red on Friday, July 9.

And the new series isn’t the only Witcher-based show Netflix has in production. 

Season 2 of The Witcher finished filming at the end of April, and it’s hoped the series will be released before the end of 2021. 

There’s also an anime adaptation in the works called Nightmare of the Wolf. 

Not much is known about the series, apart from a frightening logo unveiled at the end of 2020.

Are you looking forward to watching Michelle Yeoh kick some ass?

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