The Witcher Netflix series release date, cast, plot, Roach news and more

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We finally got our first trailer for the Witcher Netflix series, and it's absolutely dripping in dark magic.  We got to see lead Henry Cavill in full Geralt of Rivia mode, 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. Now all we need is a Witcher Netflix series release date. 

Take a look at the Witcher Netflix series trailer below:

The release date for the Netflix Witcher series is expected to be around the end of this year, and with Hissrich leading the project, and as her previous work includes The Defenders, Daredevil and The West Wing , expectation are high. The plot of the Netflix Witcher series is based on the original Andrzej Sapkowski novels, not the massive CD Projekt RED game, and Netflix describes it as "the Witcher Geralt, a mutated monster hunter, struggles to find his place in world where people often prove more wicked than beasts."

Here's everything else we know about The Witcher Netflix series so far:

Fast Facts:

  • The Witcher Netflix release date: Q4 2019
  • The Witcher Netflix showrunner: Lauren Schmidt Hissrich
  • The Witcher Netflix cast: Henry Cavill, Jodhi May, Freya Allan

The Witcher Netflix series release date is Q4 2019

In a letter to investors Netflix confirmed that The Witcher series would launch in Q4 2019, the last three months of the year. Deadline reported that Netflix's Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandso went on to confirm the dates in a follow up investor call. 

According to the site Rednanian Intelligence, the cast and crew have all been wrapping up shoots this month, sharing social media updates from parties and last days on location. 

Netflix already wants more Witcher

The editor in chief of Geeks Worldwide has revealed that Netflix is already pleased with The Witcher series, even if the public hasn't even had a whiff of a trailer. 

 The Witcher Netflix series cast list

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It has been confirmed that Henry Cavill will play Geralt of Rivia. A man as famous for his portrayal of Superman in the DCEU as he is 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". But plot twist: it turns out that at the time of that interview, he had already met with writer Lauren S. Hissrich, and she knew she wanted him for the part.

 "I spent all of my free time with a sword in my hand," Cavill told fans at SDCC 2019. "Just getting used to it. I had three swords where I lived and four at work."

He also talked 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 

Internet tipster Nibel recently shared new Witcher Netflix series images on Twitter, showing off Geralt, Chalotra's Yennefer and Allan's Ciri.

More recently, the most important casting announcement was made...

"Roach is more than just a horse," Cavill said. "She's more like an anchor to Geralt's true and honest self."

 The Witcher Netflix series plot

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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:

If you really want to try and guess the plot, Hissrich's children supplied these clues from the set:

The Witcher Netflix series' leaked script

Casting is underway for the Netflix series, and that means scripts are out in the wild, making their way to agents and actors. Unsurprisingly, 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. Don't worry Witcher fans, this isn't her first rodeo. 

Shots from the Witcher Netflix series set 

The site Redanian Intelligence has managed to get hold of some photos from night shoots of the Nilfgaardian troops. The textured, black and grey armor is very different to what we saw in the game, but carry the unmistakable Nilfgaardian sigil. 

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The Witcher Netflix series character list  

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From another Hissrich Twitter thread, we got a good idea of who we could expect to see in the show, and how she sees their character. 

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."

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