‘The Witcher’ season three to be released in summer 2023

Spin-off ‘The Witcher: Blood Origin’ also received a release date

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Netflix has announced The Witcher season three will be released in summer 2023.

The release date was revealed during the streaming service’s TUDUM event on Saturday (September 24), in a segment presented by Geralt of Rivia actor Henry Cavill.

The Witcher spin-off series, Blood Origin, also received a release date of December 25, 2022. The four-episode prequel series, set 1200 years before the events of the main show, will explore how “the first Witcher came to be”.

Minnie Driver (Good Will Hunting) was also announced to be joining the cast as a narrator character, who plays a pivotal part “in connecting Blood Origin’s past with The Witcher’s future”.

Cast members previously announced for the spin-off include Sophie Brown, Michelle Yeoh, Laurence O’Fuarain, Lenny Henry, Mirren Mack, Dylan Moran and Jacob Collins-Levy.

Alongside Cavill, The Witcher season three will see Freya Allan and Anya Chalotra return as Ciri and Yennefer respectively. New cast additions include Robbie Amell, Meng’er Zhang, Hugh Skinner and Christelle Elwin.

The show is based on the books by Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski, which have been adapted into a successful series of games by developer CD Projekt.

Cavill previously expressed how he wants the third season to remain faithful to the books. Speaking on The Witcher: Unlocked, Cavill said: “To be true to the books, I think there’s a chance to explore the Nenneke relationship a little further.

“Of course, I would love to work with the Witchers some more, but it all depends on how much the story allows. I’m a huge fan of the books and staying loyal to them, and it’s about making sure that story happens without too much in the way of diversions or side things going on to muddy the waters.”

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Watch the trailer for ‘Lupin’ season three

Netflix has teased “an unexpected return”

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Netflix has released the first trailer for Lupin season three – check it out above.

Omar Sy reprises the role of Assane Diop in the French thriller, who was last seen on the run from police after getting his own revenge against Hubert Pellegrini (Herve Pierre) for framing his father.

A synopsis for the third season reads: “Now in hiding, Assane must learn to live far from his wife and son.

“With the suffering they endure because of him, Assane can’t stand it any longer and decides to return to Paris to make them a crazy proposal: leave France and start a new life elsewhere. But the ghosts of the past are never far away, and an unexpected return will turn his plans upside down.”

‘Lupin’ season three CREDIT: Netflix

Sy previously hinted that Assane could accumulate a larger team of allies in the third outing. Speaking to Entertainment Weekly last year, Sy said: “When you read the books, Lupin has a lot of accomplices. But [in the show] he had the one, which is Benjamin, but he needs people, [so he] hires them.

“I think it’s going to be more interesting maybe one day having a big cast with a lot of people.”

His canine companion J’accuse will also return in the third season. A release date has yet to be announced.

In a four-star review of season two, NME wrote: “This season is even more existential than the first, and sees the ‘gentleman thief’ realise that the longer the game goes on, the harder it will be for him to live in the shadows.”

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Watch the bloopers from ‘Stranger Things’ season four

Featuring an appearance from a giggling Vecna

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Netflix has released a blooper reel from the filming of Stranger Things season four – check it out above.

The footage debuted as part of Netflix’s TUDUM event, a global livestream featuring a number of trailers and announcements from the company’s upcoming slate.

Along with the expected mess-ups, there’s a disturbing appearance from a giggling Vecna (Jamie Campbell Bower), a screaming Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown), and an outtake from Jim Hopper’s (David Harbour) romance scene with Joyce Byers (Winona Ryder).

The fifth and final season of Stranger Things is expected to start filming next year, with the story taking place entirely within Hawkins.

Argyle with Will Byers, Mike Wheeler and Jonathan Byers in ‘Stranger Things’ CREDIT: Netflix

Show creators Matt and Ross Duffer recently said they might not add new characters for the fifth season, so they can “focus on the OG characters”.

“Whenever we introduce a new character, we want to make sure that they’re going to be an integral part of the narrative. But every time we do that, we’re nervous because you go, ‘We’ve got a great cast of characters here and actors, and any moments we’re spending with a new character, we’re taking time away from one of the other actors.’ So we’re just very, very careful about who we’re introducing,” Ross told IndieWire.

A release date for the fifth season is yet to be announced.

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Meet the suspects in clip from ‘Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery’

The sequel is released later this year

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Netflix has released a clip from Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery – check it out above.

The clip, released as part of Netflix’s Tudum global event, introduces the film’s ensemble cast as they receive an invitation for a special trip to Greece.

In the sequel, Daniel Craig returns as detective Benoit Blanc, alongside a new cast of suspects including Edward Norton, Dave Bautista, Kathryn Hahn, Jessica Henwick, Kate Hudson, Janelle Monáe, Madelyn Cline and Leslie Odom Jr.

A synopsis reads: “You’re invited to put the pieces together. In the follow-up to Rian Johnson’s Knives Out, detective Benoit Blanc travels to Greece to peel back the layers of a mystery involving a new cast of colourful suspects.”

Daniel Craig in ‘Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery’ CREDIT: Netflix

The sequel is directed and written by Rian Johnson, who previously described it as having its “own tone, ambition and reason for being”.

The film made its debut at the Toronto International Film Festival earlier this month, where it was widely praised in early reviews.

Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery is scheduled to be released in cinemas in November before it arrives on Netflix on December 23, after the streaming service acquired the rights to two Knives Out sequels starring Craig.

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Jenna Ortega gives Thing an ultimatum in ‘Wednesday’ clip

The series debuts on Netflix in November

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Netflix has released a clip from the upcoming series Wednesday featuring classic The Addams Family character, Thing. Check it out above.

In the clip, Wednesday (played by Jenna Ortega) offers the dismembered hand an ultimatum after she catches it spying on her at the request of her parents.

“My parents aren’t worried about me,” Wednesday says in the clip. “They’re evil puppeteers who want to pull my strings, even from afar.”

Wednesday offers Thing the choice of either being trapped in her desk for the rest of the semester “ruining your nails and your smooth, supple skin” or pledging “your undying loyalty to me”, which is met with a bow.

Jenna Ortega in ‘Wednesday’ CREDIT: Netflix

“Our first order of business is to escape this teenage purgatory,” Wednesday commands. “Of course I have a plan, and it begins now.”

The series stars Catherine Zeta-Jones and Luis Guzman as Morticia and Gomez Addams, alongside Gwendoline Christie as menacing principle Larissa Weems.

Netflix has described the series as a “sleuthing, supernaturally infused mystery” which charts Wednesday Addams’ years as a student at Nevermore Academy.

A description reads: “Wednesday attempts to master her emerging psychic ability, thwart a monstrous killing spree that has terrorised the local town, and solve the supernatural mystery that embroiled her parents 25 years ago – all while navigating her new and very tangled relationships at Nevermore.”

The series comes from showrunners Alfred Gough and Miles Millar, who also serve as executive producers alongside Tim Burton, Gail Berman, Kayla Alpert and Steve Stark.

All episodes of Wednesday will be released on Netflix on November 23, 2022.

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Millie Bobby Brown and Henry Cavill return in ‘Enola Holmes 2’ trailer

The sequel is released in November

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Netflix has released a new trailer for Enola Holmes 2 starring Millie Bobby Brown – check it out above.

The actor reprises her role as the teenage sister of Sherlock Holmes in the sequel, alongside other returning cast members Henry Cavill as Sherlock, Louis Partridge as Viscount Tewkesbury and Helena Bonham Carter as Eudoria Holmes.

New cast members include Adeel Akhtar (Utopia) as Lestrade, Sharon Duncan-Brewster (Bad Girls) and David Thewlis (The Sandman).

Original director Harry Bradbeer has also helmed the sequel, from a screenplay penned by Jack Thorne.

Henry Cavill, Millie Bobby Brown and Louis Partridge in ‘Enola Holmes 2’ CREDIT: Netflix

A synopsis for the sequel reads: “Enola’s newest adventure begins after a young girl working in a match factory hires her to locate her missing sister. Before long, Enola finds herself drawn into a high-stakes chase across London, journeying from the city’s seedy industrial underbelly to the glitzy galas of high society.”

Enola Holmes 2 is scheduled to be released on Netflix on November 4, 2022.

In a four-star review of the original, NME wrote: “Starry cast aside, Enola Holmes benefits from a frantic script – its characters climbing over each other to get to the cleverest putdown first.

“Occasionally, the faux-intellectual style of dialogue can grow too wordy – phrases like “and yet” or “presently” crop up every other sentence – but Bobby Brown’s natural magnetism means we don’t care too often.”

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Kim Yoo-jung tumbles into first love in ‘20th Century Girl’ preview

“If this is what people call love, then I think I’m also in love”

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Netflix has shared a first look at the upcoming original Korean film 20th Century Girl, which follows the lives and loves of 17-year-old girls in 1999.

The extended preview was shared as part of the streaming platform’s TUDUM event today (September 24), in which upcoming content for the rest of 2022 and beyond was revealed.

The film was introduced by All Of Us Are Dead star Cho Yi-hyun, who described it as “depicting friendships and first love of 17-year-old girls”. “The movie is titled 20th Century Girl, starring Kim Yoo-jung,” she added. “It’s going to bring you that feeling of your heart skipping a beat.”

In the clip from 20th Century Girl, Na Bo-ra (played by Lovers Of The Red Sky’s Kim Yoo-jung) and Poong Woon-ho (Record Of Youth’s Byun Woo-seok) are sitting on a park bench, with Bo-ra lamenting her lack of prospects. After Woon-ho tells her that her voice is beautiful, they lean in to share a kiss, only for the moment to be interrupted by a falling plum from the tree above them.

Bo-ra heads home and emails a friend, describing the “poking pain in the corner of my heart” whenever she thinks of Woon-ho. “If this is what people call love, then I think I’m also in love,” she writes. Watch the preview above, around the 24:14 mark.

The cast of 20th Century Girl will also feature Park Jung-woo (Team Bulldog: Off-duty Investigation) in the supporting role of Baek Hyun-jin, a close friend of Poong Woon-ho’s and a love interest of Na Bo-ra’s best friend, Yeon Doo, who will be played by rookie actress Noh Yoon-seo.

The movie is expected to be released on Netflix on October 21, following a premiere at the Busan International Film Festival on October 5.

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Watch an eerie preview of new sci-fi K-drama ‘Glitch’

Jeon Yeo-bin and Nana get involved in the world of extraterrestrials in the upcoming Korean original series

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An eerie preview of the upcoming sci-fi K-drama Glitch has been shared by Netflix at its TUDUM event today (September 24).

The virtual preview event gives fans a look at what is coming up on the streaming platform for the rest of the year and beyond.

In the Korean segment of the stream, Netflix revealed a longer preview of Glitch, the new sci-fi mystery series that will star Jeon Yeo-bin (Vincenzo, Alienoid) and Nana (Oh My Ladylord, Swindlers).

SHINee’s Minho introduced the clip at the event, describing the series as “a story about Ji-hyo, who can see aliens and Bo-ra, who has been tracking down aliens”. “They search to find Ji-hyo’s boyfriend, who has gone missing without a trace and end up taking a step closer to unsolved mysteries in this bizarre series,” he continued.

“This series is by Gin Han-sai, the writer of Extracurricular, which left many viewers in shock. That’s why it has gained a lot of traction from the start.”

In the preview clip, which you can watch above around the 21:21 mark, Ji-hyo is seen sleeping at her desk in an office, when her laptop suddenly glitches to footage of a baseball game and wakes her up. As she picks up her things from the floor, the screen glitches again to a kids’ TV show, and then to a man delivering a speech about not being true to yourself.

As she tries to stop the footage from playing, the laptop becomes increasingly out of control until she closes it. As she prepares to leave the office, the other screens around her suddenly turn on, showing flickering images while a disembodied voice repeats: “I’m watching you.”

Glitch will be released on Netflix on October 7. It was helmed by director Roh Deok, known for her previous work on movies The Exclusive: Beat The Devil’s Tattoo and Very Ordinary Couple. Glitch is set to be Roh Deok’s first series.

A first trailer was revealed earlier this month (September 13), giving a broader overview of the series. “Just because I can see it, doesn’t mean I can believe it. The only thing I need to believe in is myself,” Ji-hyo declared in the trailer, refusing the existence of extraterrestrials even as a strange alienoid figure began following her around.

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‘Hellbound’ confirmed to return to Netflix for season two

“Brace yourselves, hell on Earth returns”

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Hellbound, the dark fantasy K-drama that stormed Netflix in 2021, has officially been confirmed to be renewed for a second season.

The news came during the streaming platform’s TUDUM event today (September 24), which shares previews and first looks at the brand’s upcoming slate of programming.

Towards the end of the segment on Netflix’s forthcoming Korean series, Hellbound’s return was announced with an eerie teaser clip.

In it, a skeleton in a glass box was seen writhing and pulsating before the glass smashed and the bones transformed back into the body of a living person. “Brace yourselves, hell on Earth returns,” Netflix said in the YouTube description. Watch the clip above now.

‘Hellbound’. Credit: Netflix

No release date for the Hellbound season two has been confirmed at present, nor have details of the cast for the new episodes been shared.

Shortly after the first season’s release, Hellbound creator and director Yeon Sang-ho said there were no plans for a second season. “Because Hellbound is based on the original webtoons [also written by Yeon], my partner Choi Kyu-Seok and I have decided that the story afterwards will be told first through the webtoon,” he told Variety last year.

“As for whether we would want to turn that into another live-action series, that’s something that we will need further discussion on.”

The series is set between 2022 and 2027 in South Korea and finds supernatural entities appearing as if out of thin air to carry people – who have been told the date and time of their death – off to hell. Yeon explained after the show’s release that it was intended to question “what it means to be human”.

“In the series, there are different types of humanistic characters… and through those characters, I wanted to bring up conversations for the audiences to discuss which of them genuinely portrays humanistic qualities, from their own perspective,” he said. “Although the series is set in Korea, I think the issues it touches on are very universal, like life and death, sin and punishment, what it means to be human and so on.”

In a four-star review, NME said of the first season: “Hellbound’s greatest strength is its ability to flesh out its paranormal premise in a real-world context through a variety of frightening and even hilariously satirical ways, with Veep-esque scenes of New Truth deacons flailing to spin events to fit their doctrine offering some of the best moments of comedic levity.

“Backed by an engaging ensemble, thoughtful themes and top-notch production values, Hellbound is a complex exploration of good and evil for the information age, and certainly has all the ingredients to be Netflix’s latest South Korean hit.”

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Netflix shares previously unseen clip from ‘Squid Game’ season one

The never-before-seen scene was presented as a gift to fans for their support of the show

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Netflix has shared a previously unseen clip from Squid Game season one at its TUDUM preview event today (September 24).

The streaming platform is sharing first looks at some of its upcoming programmes around the world, kicking off with a section dedicated to its Korean slate.

At the end of the Korean segment, Squid Game director Hwang Dong-hyuk appeared in a video message. “I’d like to thank all the Netflix fans around the world again for loving Squid Game,” he said. “Please look forward to season two, which will be filled with all-new stories.

But in the meantime, I’ve prepared a small gift for the fans waiting for Squid Game season two. Let’s take a look.”

Lee Jung-jae in ‘Squid Game’ CREDIT: Noh Juhan/Netflix

A clip then showed that followed a man carrying goldfish in a bag of water down a corridor and entering a room. After pouring the fish into a fishbowl, the person’s face was seen staring at them, reportedly revealing the identity of the mysterious Front Man. Outside the building, another figure watched the window intently. Watch the clip above now.

According to a recent report, Hwang will reportedly introduce new game mechanisms to the hit series for its second season. South Korean news outlet Moonhwa Ilbo reported earlier this month (September 14), that a new mechanism will be implemented called Cheol-su, said to be the “boyfriend” of Young-hee, the iconic giant doll used in the ‘Red Light, Green Light’ game in the first season.

Filming for the new episodes is also said to be starting in 2023, with an alleged release set for the end of 2024. New characters will be introduced to the show, while Kang Sae-byeok (played by Jung Ho-yeon) and Hwang Jun-ho (Wi Ha-jun) could return, despite being killed off in season one.

On September 12, Squid Game star Lee Jung-jae, who plays Seong Gi-hoon, made history at the 2022 Emmy Awards. He took home the award for Outstanding Lead Actor for his role, marking the first time an Asian actor has done so. Hwang, meanwhile, bagged the Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series award, making Squid Game the first non-English language drama to be awarded in the category.

In a four-star review of the first season, NME said: “The show’s sharp social critiques, suspenseful competition and sympathetic characters remain largely enthralling throughout […] Squid Game’s pastel-hued perversion of youthful nostalgia does more than enough to keep us invested and hopeful for a potential second season.”

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