‘Britannia’ reveals major new cast member as Season 3 begins filming

The third season of Britannia has begun filming in the UK.

Starring David Morrissey (The Walking Dead), the British historical fantasy series set in 43AD launched on Sky Atlantic in 2018, and recently started airing in the US on EPIX.

It was announced earlier this year that Britannia had been renewed by Sky for a third season, following the success of Season 2 last year.

The show is described as “an epic genre-bending tale of clashing civilisations and religions set in a wold of mythic Celtic tribes, psychedelic druids and terrifying Romans, as a young girl tries to build a rebel alliance with a group of misfits.”

David Morrissey will back in Season 3, alongside returning stars Mackenzie Crook, Annabel Scholey, Nikolaj Lie Kaas, Julian Rhind-Tutt, Eleanor Worthington-Cox, and Zoë Wanamaker.

They’ll be joined by new cast member Sophie Okonedo (Death on the Nile) as Hemple, the wife of General Aulus (David Morrissey).

Hemple arrives in Britannia to find out why her husband has failed with Lokka’s mission to capture the chosen one, Cait.

Sophie Okonedo commented: “I’m so glad to be plunged into the weird and wonderful world of Britannia. I was already a fan of the show and its writers Jez and Tom Butterworth, so I jumped for joy when they offered me the wonderful character of Hemple. Without giving too much away I’ll just say this woman has a huge appetite…”

Co-creator James Richardson added: “Sophie is one of the UK’s greatest actors and we all feel very privileged to have her play our new and particularly malevolent force for series three.

“She is an actor with an enormous range and manages to make you laugh whilst being completely terrifying. A perfect fit for Britannia! We feel very fortunate to be able to continue making such an ambitious show about a time when everything changes.”

The new episodes of Britannia will see a radical transformation in Cait’s journey as the Chosen One with a decision that will tie her to the future of her war-torn people and their ravaged land.

Other storylines will feature Divis getting a new job which he despises, and Veran going to the underworld and seeing the future.

Season 3 is expected to premiere in 2021 on Sky Atlantic in the UK and on EPIX in the US.

Britannia is available to watch on Amazon Prime.