Netflix has released the official trailer and poster for The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf, launching worldwide on the streaming service August 23, 2021. You can watch the trailer using the player below and you’ll find the full poster underneath.
Before Geralt, there was Vesemir — a cocky young witcher who delights in slaying monsters for coin. When a dangerous new power rises on the Continent, Vesemir learns that some witchering jobs are about more than just money…
The world of The Witcher expands in this anime origin story: Geralt’s mentor Vesemir was a swashbuckling young witcher who escaped a life of poverty to slay monsters for coin.
But when a strange new monster begins terrorizing a politically fraught kingdom, Vesemir finds himself on a frightening adventure that forces him to confront the demons of his past.
The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf is written and produced by Beau DeMayo and co-produced by The Witcher showrunner and executive producer Lauren Schmidt Hissrich and Studio Mir’s Kwang Il Han, who is also directing.
Vesemir grew up as a servant on a nobleman’s estate, working long days for too little coin. He yearns to break free of his social standing and to explore the Continent to find his destiny.
Tetra Gilcrest is a powerful sorceress who is descended from one of the Continent’s first mages, Tetra believes magic connects all things of beauty. She and her followers work to keep peace on the Continent by ensuring that magic is not abused.
Deglan was raised on the harsh, unforgiving Skellige Isles and is the hardened warrior-leader of the witchers. He is fiercely loyal to his “boys,” and committed to doing whatever is necessary to protect them.
And Kaedwen noblewoman who inherited her husband’s seat on the king’s advisory council after he passed at an early age. She has since risen to become one of the king’s most trusted advisors, and a fierce supporter of the witchers.
“Beau DeMayo wrote Nightmare of the Wolf and we talked for a long time about how best to couch the anime within our existing world. It was important to us that it not be something that our live action audience has to watch to understand,” said Schmidt Hissrich previously.
“Of course, we hope everyone watches it, but it also feels like anime is a very specific audience and we think that people will watch it who’ve never seen The Witcher and that probably, hopefully it will get some new audience as well.”
She added: “A lot of our audience is coming in from different formats. We have people who are in love with the novels. People who came from video games. People who came from the comic books. “It’s a series that can appeal to people who like their entertainment in different forms and I think one of the exciting opportunities was to do an anime.
“One, to be able to tell a huge story without the same budget constraints, without the same practical constraints that we deal with here every day. But also to be able to tell the story to a different part of the audience. To people who may not want to tune in for eight hours of a long story but who want to pop in and watch something in an hour and a half and fully be enmeshed in it and embrace it and it just felt like a great opportunity to test our audience and see what they’re in for.
“It’s all of our hope that The Witcher continues to touch a lot of different formats over time and this is a great test case to see if the audience comes along with us.
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.