After hearing that Netflix would be creating a live-action show based on Andrezej Sapkowski’s The Witcher novels, fans have been curious to know who’d be cast in the roles. We get news now that actresses to play Ciri and Yennefer have been found.
Netflix’s The Witcher show casts roles for Yennefer and Ciri
Netflix have already shared last month that Henry Cavill will be playing main character Geralt of Rivia. Cavill is best known for his role in Superman. They now share that Freya Allan will be cast as Ciri and Anya Chalotra for the part of Yennefer. Allan has been seen in shows such as The War of the Worlds and Intro the Badlands. Chalotra is no stranger to TV as she has appeared in The ABC Murders and Wanderlust.
The news broke from The Hollywood Reporter, who have shared that over 50 roles have already been cast. They share that Jodhi May will play Queen Calanthe, Bjorn Hlynur Haraldsoon will take up the the role her husband Eist, Adam Levy will play the druid Mousesack and MyAnna Buring as the leader of the Aretuza magical academy, Tissaia. Further roles of the novice sorcerers go to Mimi Ndiwnei and Therica Wilson-Read. Millie Brady will appear as Princess Renfri in the series.
The writer and showrunner Lauren Schmidt Hissrich made a comment referring to the vision of the Witcher Netflix series:
I think coming in as a writer and saying my vision might look different than yours is scary for fans, but truthfully I don’t think it has to be.
She went on to talk about the authenticity of the show and keeping it’s “roots”:
One of the things I feel most strongly about is people being afraid that we’re going to strip out the cultural context of The Witcher, to remove its Slavic roots, the very thing people in Poland are proud of. That couldn’t be further from the truth. What I’ve always wanted to do is take these Slavic stories and give them a global audience.
For any writer who takes on a story that has a huge fan base will find the task daunting as artistic vision can vary from person to person. Whether it will reflect the elements that fans know and love will have to be seen. But one thing is for sure is that Hissirch is a “huge fan” of CD Projekt Red’s highly acclaimed game adaptation The Witcher, but admittedly has “tried to steer away from” the games presentation of visuals:
As I’ve been developing the series I’ve actually pulled back from playing the video games because I wanted to make sure the show we were creating was its own unique thing.
Netflix’s The Witcher series is currently in the stages of preparation, with production slated to start soon. The show is expected to release in 2020.
If you’re a fan of The Witcher be sure to check out more related news in Gwent: The Witcher Card Game And Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales Both Have Release Dates Announced and The Witcher Series Will Continue But There Won’t Be A Witcher 4.