There’s no better day than Halloween to tease ‘The Witcher’ on Netflix. The video-streaming service released a short clip from the costume and make-up tests with Henry Cavill this morning, offering a first look at the actor in his costume. It was earlier this fall when we first learned Cavill had been cast as the lead in Netflix’s upcoming “The Witcher” adaptation, which will be directed by Alik Sakharov, Charlotte Brändström, and Alex Garcia Lopez.
The series’ showrunner will be Lauren Schmidt Hissrich who also worked on “Marvel’s Daredevil,” “Marvel’s The Defenders,” and “Umbrella Academy”. Alik Sakharov (House of Cards, Game of Thrones) is set to direct four episodes, including the first episode of the series. Alex Garcia Lopez (Marvel’s Luke Cage, Utopia) will direct 2 episodes, and Charlotte Brändström (Outlander, Counterpart, Disparue) will direct 2 episodes as well.
“The Witcher” will consist of 8 episodes and is based on the best-selling fantasy series. In the story, Geralt of Rivia is a solitary monster hunter who struggles to find his place in a world. A world where people often prove more wicked than beasts. Netflix teased the series adding, “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”.
As for the other leads, the popular character Ciri 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 who are 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.