SDCC 2019: Netflix Debuts ‘The Witcher’ Trailer
Netflix’s The Witcher had it’s very own Hall H panel at San Diego Comic Con this year and it dropped all the information we had all been waiting for.
It was only last October when Netflix announced and shared that Henry Cavill will portray Geralt of Rivia for their new upcoming adaptation of The Witcher. Reactions were initially mixed, but Cavill has kept his fans informed and built an audience that is eager for more.
It’s been shared that Cavill will be joined by Freya Allan (The War of the Worlds, Bluebird) as Ciri, and Anya Chalotra (Wanderlust, The ABC Murders) as Yennefer. Additional cast members include Jodhi May (Game of Thrones) as Queen Calanthe, Björn Hlynur Haraldsson (Fortitude) as Eist, Adam Levy (Knightfall) as Mousesack, MyAnna Burig (Ripper Street) as Tissaia, and many more.
Although much came out of the panel, including even more reason to buy into Cavill as Geralt, it was clear that die-hard fans of the game may get upset. The Netflix series is not expected to strictly follow the games’ version of the story. As reiterated at the panel, the show is meant to be an adaptation of the original fantasy series by Polish writer Andrzej Sapkowski.
During the panel creator Lauren Schmidt Hissrich emphasized that, by adapting The Last Witch to TV, characters like Geralt, Yennefer, and Ciri all have more room to grow and breathe. And followed that up with footage from the series.
The scenes shown at the panel included a huge fight scene in which Queen Calanthe’s troops battle Geralt and a hedgehog man, Yennefer giving a monologue on a beach to a dead baby, and Ciri walking towards a glowing, orange light emanating in the forest, only to be met by a faction of female warriors. In short, the series looks intense and great.
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While no release date was announced, The Witcher is expected to arrive later this year.