James Bond. Star Trek. Marvel Cinematic Universe (twice!). And now Michelle Yeoh is now part of Netflix’s The Witcher franchise.
The Malaysian actress has joined the prequel series The Witcher: Blood Origin, the streaming service announced Tuesday (July 6).
Per Netflix’s press release, Yeoh will play Scían, the very last of her nomadic tribe of sword-elves. No one can come close to her artistry with the blade, and no one carries as much loss within their heart. When a chance presents itself to retrieve a stolen sacred sword, taken from her fallen tribe by nefarious means, she launches herself into a deadly quest that will change the outcome of the Continent.
Set in an elven world 1,200 years before the world of The Witcher, Blood Origin will tell the story of the creation of the first prototype Witcher, and the events that lead to the pivotal “conjunction of the spheres,” when the worlds of monsters, men, and elves merged to become one. Netflix has given the limited live-action series a six-episode order. Yeoh joins other previously announced cast members Laurence O’Fuarain and Jodie Turner-Smith.
Yeoh’s recent TV credits include Marco Polo and Star Trek: Discovery, while her upcoming features include the all-female action thriller Gunpowder Milkshake (opens in cinemas July 22) and Marvel’s Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (Sept 2).
Meanwhile, Season 2 of The Witcher, starring Henry Cavill, wrapped production in April and is slated to drop later this year.