The Witcher Netflix series is getting closer, and we can't wait to see our favorite grumpy demon hunter in the battle-scarred flesh. According to the streaming giant, the series will tell the tale of "Geralt, a mutated monster hunter [who] struggles to find his place in a world where people often prove more wicked than beasts."
Set for release this December, the show will use the books, rather than the game adaptations, as source material, and Lauren Hissrich (previously of The Defenders, Daredevil and The West Wing) will act as showrunner. She's been sharing the project's progress on social media, and the recent release of an action-packed trailer has us salivating all over our silver swords. Netflix also just revealed a bunch of brand new images for you to peruse.
For those who want more, here's everything we know about The Witcher Netflix series so far.
- The Witcher Netflix release date: December 20
- The Witcher Netflix showrunner: Lauren Schmidt Hissrich
- The Witcher Netflix cast: Henry Cavill, Jodhi May, Freya Allan
The Witcher Netflix series release date is December 20
Hold the front page, we have a Witcher Netflix series release date! The latest trailer confirmed that show will reach the streaming service on December 20, the same date Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker reaches cinemas in the US.
Netflix were cagey about announcing an official Witcher Netflix series release date, previously only saying the series will launch Q4 2019, AKA the last three months of the year. Deadline reported that Netflix's Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandso confirmed the dates in a follow up investor call. According to the site Rednanian Intelligence, the cast and crew wrapped shooting earlier in 2019.
The Witcher Netflix series trailer
The main Witcher Netflix series trailer was unveiled at Lucca Comic-Con in Tuscany, Italy, revealing a closer look at Cavill's Geralt and revealing the official release date. The footage not only teases Geralt and Yennefer's first-ever meeting (at what looks to be a masquerade ball, no less), but also shows Cavill's stoic monster hunter clashing swords with knights and taking on beasties. Watch above.
Thanks to San Diego Comic-Con, we finally got our first trailer for the Witcher Netflix series, and it's absolutely dripping in dark magic. In the new footage, we finally see lead Henry Cavill's Geralt of Rivia in action, along with glimpses of Ciri, Yennefer and some very dangerous looking monsters. The trailer is packed with details for fans of the original novels and the games, and it's made us more excited to see the White Wolf in action.
A second trailer is also expected to be revealed at this year's Lucca Comics And Games 2019, a Comic-Con-like event that takes place on October 30. Fingers crossed for an actual, official release date.
The Witcher Netflix series' poster
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Netflix already wants more Witcher
The editor in chief of Geeks Worldwide revealed that Netflix bosses have been exceedingly happy with what they've seen of The Witcher series. Could a potential second season already be in development?
Sounds like @Netflix is very happy with #TheWitcher and we could see multiple seasons greenlit before season one airs or shortly after. Meaning Cavill’s schedule could be full for a while and more evidence Superman is behind him pic.twitter.com/DSnFjhAjrFDecember 19, 2018
The Witcher Netflix series cast list
Get your first look at Henry Cavill in The Witcher! pic.twitter.com/1O2eWS1MkPOctober 31, 2018
As we know, Henry Cavill will play Geralt of Rivia. A man as famous for his portrayal of Superman in the DC Extended Universe as for his facial hair (and the CG removal thereof), Cavill had publicly expressed interest in the role in August 2018, telling IGN he'd "absolutely" be willing to take on the "amazing role". Plot twist: at the time of that interview, Cavill had already met with writer Lauren S. Hissrich and was wanted for the part.
He was my first meeting. I didn’t have writers or scripts yet – just a greenlight and a lot of passion. That was four months ago, and I’ve never forgotten the passion he brought. He IS Geralt. He always has been. I’m so thrilled to welcome HENRY CAVILL to the #Witcher family.September 4, 2018
"I spent all of my free time with a sword in my hand," Cavill told fans at San Diego Comic-Con 2019. "Just getting used to it. I had three swords where I lived and four at work." Cavil went on to talk about his research for the role: "I've played the games a lot. Many many hours. And Warcraft! He's not your average hero. He won't treat everyone perfectly. Deep down he's a real hero."
We know know who will be joining Cavill in the cast too. This is the full list so far, straight from the production company:
Ciri, Princess of Cintra - Freya Allan
Yennefer - Anya Chalotra
Queen Calanthe - Jodhi May
Eist -Björn Hlynur Haraldsson
Mousesack - Adam Levy
Tissaia - MyAnna Buring
Fringilla - Mimi Ndiweni
Sabrina - Therica Wilson-Read
Princess Renfri - Millie Brady
We've also seen some of the characters in costume, with internet tipster Nibel sharing a new Witcher Netflix series images on Twitter, showing off Geralt, Chalotra's Yennefer and Allan's Ciri.
Yennefer and Ciri from the Netflix Witcher show pic.twitter.com/yywN2bGTTrJuly 1, 2019
More recently, the most important casting announcement was made... Describing Geralt's companion, Roach, CAvill said at San Diego Comic-Con: "Roach is more than just a horse. She's more like an anchor to Geralt's true and honest self."
Everyone needs a best friend. World, meet Roach. ♥️⚔️🐺🐴 @witchernetflix pic.twitter.com/nqXKVc3qD7July 16, 2019
From another Hissrich Twitter thread, we got a good idea of what we can expect from each character in the Witcher Netflix series.
Geralt: "Stoic. Circumspect. Balanced. Fierce. Soft-and-squishy-in-a-tiny-place-in-his-heart-that-he'll-never-reveal-until-maybe-the-end-and-even-then-it-will-just-be-a-hint."
Yennefer: "Fiery. Proud. Shrewd. Contradictory. Seeking-to-fill-a-family-sized-hole-in-her-heart-even-though-she-resents-it-and-swears-she's-just-fine-on-her-own-but-she-is-not-and-we-love-her-for-being-both-independent-and-vulnerable."
Ciri: "Resilient. Relentless. Brazen. Growing. She's-going-to-change-the-world-and-what-the-hell-is-she-supposed-to-do-except-be-scared-and-be-bold-and-learn-and-adapt-and-find-a-family-who-can-walk-by-her-side-no-matter-what-and-maybe-just-maybe-teach-her-the-meaning-of-love."
Roach: "Ladylike. Faithful. Extrasensory. Steady. Really-annoyed-with-this-game-because-we-can’t-pretend-all-Roaches-are-the-same-so-she’d-prefer-some-singularity-and-individual-recognition-instead-of-all-being-lumped-together-by-blatantly-horsist-people."
Dandelion, known in the books as Jaskier: "Extravagant. Caddish. Loose-lipped. Loyal. Hides-behind-the-exterior-of-an-idiot-when-in-actuality-he-is-the-keeper-of-Geralt’s-realities-(even-if-he-exaggerates-his-own-heroics)-AND-the-truths-of-the-world-which-means-he’s-far-more-important-than-we-realize..."
Triss Merigold: "Spunky. Idealistic. Insecure. Conflicted. Young-and-naive-and-lacking-the-confidence-of-sorceresses-which-means-she-is-ripe-for-manipulation-but-when-she-finally-transcends-the-crap-she-has-a-chance-to-be-loved-as-herself-and-not-as-'the-third-wheel-with-Yen'"
Cahir: "Conflicted. Charismatic. Haunted. Pure of heart. Despite-being-young-he's-like-a-relic-of-a-simpler-time-when-knights-in-shining-armor-always-won-the-girl-but-now-in-the-face-of-harsh-reality-he-must-learn-what-it-means-to-actually-be-heroic-and-brave-for-others."
Regis: "Eloquent. Ensconced. Worldly. Haunted. The-worst-of-the-worst-who-transforms-into-the-best-of-the-best-or-at-least-he-strives-to-be-and-it's-the-most-incredible-journey-to-watch-as-an-evil-addicted-monster-becomes-the-essence-of-"humanity-personified"-in-the-hansa."
Vilgefortz: "Mercenary. Conspiratorial. Power-hungry. Ruthless. Handsome-as-all-get-out-which-is-important-because-(as-Geralt-says-“one-could-expect-anything-from-a-man-looking-like-this”)-he-is-the-essence-of-evil-hidden-behind-beauty-which-makes-him-very-very-dangerous."
Emhyr: "Mercenary. Conspiratorial. Power-hungry. Ruthless. Handsome-as-all-get-out-which-is-important-because-(as-Geralt-says-“one-could-expect-anything-from-a-man-looking-like-this”)-he-is-the-essence-of-evil-hidden-behind-beauty-which-makes-him-very-very-dangerous.
Milva: "Saucy. Savage. Conciliatory. Commonsense. The-epitome-of-the-novels'-shades-of-grey-who-embodies-unrequited-romance-and-also-unbelievable-strength-and-also-the-skills-to-kill-and-also-the-ability-to-crusade-for-peace-and-also-and-also-and-also."
Leo Bonhart: "Saucy. Savage. Conciliatory. Commonsense.The-epitome-of-the-novels'-shades-of-grey-who-embodies-unrequited-romance-and-also-unbelievable-strength-and-also-the-skills-to-kill-and-also-the-ability-to-crusade-for-peace-and-also-and-also-and-also."
Borch Three Jackdaws: "Perceptive. Protective. Merciful.The most beautiful. An-observer/-philosopher/-seeker-of-freedom-which-means-he-didn't-kill-just-because-he-could-but-rather-sought-to-understand-why-others-wanted-to-kill-him-which-is-EVERYTHING."
The Witcher Netflix series plot
There are a veritable library of short stories and eight novels to choose from, but we'd bet our Nilfgaardian florens that the Witcher Netflix series will focus on the saga made up of five novels, which focus on Geralt's relationship with Ciri. Writer Sapkowski has already confirmed he'll be acting as a creative consultant on the show.
"I’m thrilled that Netflix will be doing an adaptation of my stories, staying true to the source material and the themes that I have spent over 30 years writing," he said when the show was announced last year.
Executive producers Sean Daniel and Jason Brown added: “The Witcher stories follow an unconventional family that comes together to fight for truth in a dangerous world. The characters are original, funny and constantly surprising and we can’t wait to bring them to life at Netflix, the perfect home for innovative storytelling."
While showrunner Hissrich gave us a (slightly spoiler flavored) warning:
Spoiler: the end we're driving toward makes me weep.July 14, 2018
If you really want to try and guess the plot, Hissrich's children supplied these clues from the set:
My kids drew what they saw on set! ♥️⚔️🐺 #Witcher #spoilers pic.twitter.com/sp7SugcDwiNovember 22, 2018
The Witcher Netflix series' leaked script
With fliming having finished, it's unsurprising that casting scripts for two Yennefer scenes have already leaked. You can see them on Reddit, but here's a little snippet.
"Really it’s about the creamy whiskers … and the way muffin crumbs get stuck there… it truly makes me want to vomit. Then there’s the creeping. Always creeping into the beds of chambermaids who do not want to clean your dick with their bodies. Creep creep creep. And on top of that, you’re very, very dumb.
"Bear in mind I have no qualms with any of that really – again, creamy whiskers. But then while talking a walk, so that I may advise your feeble mind on acts of war, you ask if you can touch my breast. The answer was a polite no thank you. But the takeaway, your highness, is that you are in the palm of my hand."
Don't worry about spoilers, Hissrich has confirmed that these are scenes written specifically for the casting process.
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