The Witcher Netflix series is shaping up to be a real treat for Geralt stans, with Lauren Hissrich – whose previous work includes The Defenders, Daredevil and The West Wing – leading the project and Henry Cavill rocking the grey wig. Meanwhile, the plot of the series comes straight from the original Andrzej Sapkowski novels, not the massive CD Projekt RED game.
Netflix describes the series as following "the Witcher Geralt, a mutated monster hunter [who] struggles to find his place in a world where people often prove more wicked than beasts." And if all that's not enough to get you excited, then you should definitely check out the trailer, which features some stellar action sequences. For those who want more, here's everything else we know about The Witcher Netflix series so far.
- 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 could be December 17
Hold the front page, we have a potential Witcher Netflix series release date! An official Netflix Facebook account posted a round-up of how many days there are remaining until certain shows land on the streaming service. The Breaking Bad movie was set at 30 days away, corresponding to the movie's release date of September 11. And near the very end of the list? "The Witcher: 97 [days]."
After checking – and double-checking – our calendars, that would put the Witcher Netflix release date on Tuesday, December 17. The Facebook post has since been deleted. seemingly confirming that the leak may very well be true.
Of course, Netflix has not confirmed an official Witcher Netflix series release date, instead 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 this year, sharing social media updates from parties and last days on location.
Tomorrow is the last day of shooting before the holiday; the last day before I go home to celebrate the craziest and most amazing year. I am still stunned. Perpetually stunned. #Witcher has me so happy. ♥️⚔️🐺December 19, 2018
The Witcher Netflix series trailer
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.
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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