Netflix today announced the start of production on The Witcher with a short video revealing Henry Cavill as Geralt of Rivia! You can watch the video via the Instagram post below!
The pivotal role of Ciri, Princess of Cintra, will be played by Freya Allan (The War of the Worlds, Into the Badlands). Other characters from the court at Cintra include Queen Calanthe (Jodhi May, Game of Thrones, Genius), and her husband, the knight Eist (Björn Hlynur Haraldsson, Fortitude), along with the druid Mousesack (Adam Levy, Knightfall, Snatch).
The sorceress Yennefer will be played by Anya Chalotra (The ABC Murders, Wanderlust). Leading the magical academy at Aretuza is Tissaia (MyAnna Buring, Ripper Street, Kill List), and Yennefer is joined by other novice sorcerers Fringilla (Mimi Ndiweni, Black Earth Rising) and Sabrina (Therica Wilson-Read, Profile). Also joining the cast is Millie Brady (The Last Kingdom, Teen Spirit) as the outcast Princess Renfri.
Lauren Schmidt Hissrich (Marvel’s Daredevil, Marvel’s The Defenders, Umbrella Academy) is the showrunner and executive producer. The series will be directed by Alik Sakharov (House of Cards, Game of Thrones) — four episodes, including the first episode — and Alex Garcia Lopez (Marvel’s Luke Cage, Utopia) & Charlotte Brändström (Outlander, Counterpart, Disparue) who will direct two episodes each.
Based on the best-selling fantasy series, The Witcher is an epic tale of fate and family. Geralt of Rivia, a solitary monster hunter, struggles to find his place in a world where people often prove more wicked than beasts. But when destiny hurtles him toward a powerful sorceress, and a young princess with a dangerous secret, the three must learn to navigate the increasingly volatile Continent together.
The Witcher will consist of eight episodes. A debut date has not been announced by Netflix.