Netflix recently revealed that they had cast Henry Cavill to play the famous White Wolf, Geralt of Rivia, in their upcoming The Witcher series. Naturally with such a revelation speculations began to run wild as to who would play the bewitching Yennefer of Vengerberg or the Lion Cub of Cintra, Ciri.
Of course, such speculations also expand towards the wider cast, but the leading ladies have taken center stage with Netflix confirming just who would step into their shoes.
Confirmed earlier today, Anya Chalotra (Wanderlust, The ABC Murders) portray Yennefer alongside Freya Allan (Into the Badlands, War of the Worlds) as Ciri. Anya and Freya look to be pretty good matches for their respective characters, closely resembling their counterpart’s descriptions provided by Andrzej Sapkowski’s source books.
As well as confirming the two leading ladies, a number of other characters have also been cast as follows: Jodhi May as Queen Calanthe, Myanna Buring as Tissaia, Millie Brady as Princess Renfri Adam Levy as Mousesack and Bjorn Hlynur Haraldsson as Eist. Despite naming quite a few of the new cast, major roles such as Triss Merigold and Dandelion remain unconfirmed.
Executive producer Lauren Schmidt Hissrich stated during an interview with The Hollywood Reporter that “What I really tried to steer away from is that the video games right now are the sole visual representation of these stories and we needed to create our own visual representation.”
Hissrich also commented on the internet’s reaction to the leaked information relating to Ciri’s possible casting choices. “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. One of the things I feel most strongly about is people being afraid we’re going to strip our 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.”
From these comments, it’s clear that the team is passionate about staying true to the source material and although departing from the popular game series Hissrich aims to deliver something that fans the world over will enjoy. Fans can rest easy that the Netflix series will retain all the features fundamental to The Witcher universe while also being unique and creative.