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WIRE Buzz: The Witcher resumes production; Scream 5's first new cast member; Midnight Mass

By Jacob Oller
Henry Cavill Geralt bath The Witcher

The Witcher is back on the road earning those coin tosses. The Netflix fantasy series starring Henry Cavill as the titular monster hunter has resumed production in the U.K. after being sidelined by the coronavirus pandemic.

The Wrap reports that the series has geared back up after June's announced plans for August. Work on the second season started this February before needing to stop for safety concerns, which is quite a gap for Geralt (Cavill), Yennefer (Anya Chalotra), Triss (Anna Shaffer), Jaskier (Joey Batey), and Ciri (Freya Allan). The lore and mythos of Andrzej Sapkowski's world is expanding to include some fan favorites this season as well, with characters fans will know from book and video game alike.

Vesemir (Kim Bodnia), Nivellen (Kristofer Hivju), and Lambert (Paul Bullion) all join the fun, with Thue Ersted Rasmussen, Aisha Fabienne Ross, Mecia Simson, Yasen Atour, and Agnes Born also joining the cast. The show was a hit for the streamer, capitalizing on the genre as much as the fanbase for the well-loved RPG adaptations of Sapkowski's stories. And it had great memes.

The Witcher returns to Netflix in 2021. No word on how many baths Geralt will take this season.

Next, Scream 5 has enlisted its first new cast member to the franchise. The meta-horror films already decided to bring back series staples Gale Weathers (Courteney Cox) and Dewey Riley (David Arquette), with Neve Campbell in talks to rejoin as well. But those characters could be cameos and could be along the lines of fan service. So who's going to be doing most of the screaming?

Deadline reports that it could be Melissa Barrera, who's just signed up for a key role on the fifth film in the franchise. The film comes from directors Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett and writers James Vanderbilt and Guy Busick, breaking new ground after the late Wes Craven helmed the first four. Barrera is on her way up too, with recent gigs including In the Heights and Carmen.

The film is set to shoot in Wilmington, North Carolina, this fall with the aim of finishing up by 2021. But first the production will need to flesh out its cast of killers and victims.

Scream 5 will continue its casting process in the near future.

Finally, Midnight Mass is welcoming all spooky converts as it starts up production.

The series from Netflix horror honcho Mike Flanagan (The Haunting of Hill House) has started filming, as per the filmmaker's personal Twitter account.

Take a look:

"Day 1... here we go," Flanagan wrote, looking to reunite some of his Hill House alumni (Kate Siegel, Henry Thomas, more) with a massive cast including Zach Gilford and Hamish Linklater. The seven-episode series — which boasts Flanagan as its director throughout — follows the residents of a scary island only made scarier by the visit of a young priest. Horror fans haven't felt trapped enough this summer, huh?

Midnight Mass was supposed to shoot this spring, so resuming after the delay has to feel good for the streaming service. No release date has yet been announced.