Netflix has officially launched the official social handles of its upcoming adaptation of The Witcher. Not only that, but the online streaming service also released its official teaser images for the show, giving us the first glimpse of the series’ protagonist, Geralt of Rivia. Along with the sorceress Yennefer and Ciri, his ward.
Geralt is portrayed by British actor Henry Cavill, otherwise known for his roles as Superman. The teaser images show him Cavill posing in his Witcher regalia and long silver hair, but only one sword strapped to his back, versus the character’s two-sword combo that is represented in the video game. On a humourous note, news sites and online fans have expressly mentioned how Cavill looks like Legolas. Just more beefy and sexy looking.
Netflix says that the Geralt in its series is meant to be more closely associated with the character from the original novels, more specifically, from the Sword of Destiny. Further, the Geralt in this series is meant to be a younger, less weathered versio0n of the character depicted in the video game (but still a badass hunter nonetheless).
Yennefer, the sorceress and love interest of Geralt, will be played by the actress Anya Chalotra. As it was in the book and in the games, Yennefer is described to be a deformed person who is older than she looks, and that she keeps herself looking the way she looks in the images through (obviously) magic. Surprisingly, many netizens aren’t warming up to this version of Yennefer, even going so far as starting a “#thisisnotmyyennefer” movement.
Ciri (full name Cirilla Fiona Elen Riannon) is played by actress Freya Allan. Little is known about Ciri’s role in the show; it’s already established that she’s a princess, but Netflix is saying nothing more. However, even if the Ciri Netflix is portraying is a closer adaptation to the books, it’s possible that we’re looking at a character that is capable of crossing space and time.
Unfortunately, Netflix fell short of providing a specific launch date for the series. However, the company and the series’ cast will be hosting a panel at the San Diego Comic Con on 19 July, so we’ll probably hear more on that day. In the mean time, you can peruse the series’ official Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.
There’s still no sign or mention of Triss Merigold either, which is a shame.