Tuesday, 18 December, 2018

Netflix’s The Witcher Series Has Its Ciri And Yennefer

The Witcher Casting Reveals Who is Playing Ciri, Yen & More! Netflix's Upcoming 'The Witcher' Casts Two Very Important Female Leads
Adrian Cunningham | 11 October, 2018, 06:54

After all the controversy surrounding rumours that Ciri in The Witcher Netflix series would be played by a BAME actor, it turns out she's not. The show has already cast Henry Cavill, cinema's Superman, as lead character Geralt of Rivia, a professional monster hunter, or witcher. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, showrunner Lauren Schmidt Hissrich announced that Freya Allan is playing the princess Ciri.

We know Queen Calanthe will be played by Jodhi May (The Last of the Mohicans), whereas "fledgling sorceress" Fringilla will be played by Mimi Ndiweni (The Legend of Tarzan; Mr Selfridge).

Word of Ciri's casting has been a point of contention for Witcher fans. Both the game and its source material, the novels of Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski, are specific to a particular region of Europe. One of the things I feel most strongly about is people being afraid that we're going to strip out the cultural context of The Witcher, to remove its Slavic roots, the very thing people in Poland are proud of.

"What's interesting is the first couple books are told from Geralt's perspective and when I was reading them I saw that there are all these other characters who are very strong and powerful; not just the women, by the way", said Hissrich. 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.

Cavill is a huge star, but he'll be surrounded by a lot of new faces in the cast.

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As you can see from the picture above (courtesy of this Reddit post), they've cast many important characters to the story - although the actors for key figures like Dandelion and Triss Merigold are still unknown.

"Not specifically, nor were we looking for a movie star when we cast Henry". They adopt a teenage girl together.

"I am sorta put off by how young Yennefer is gonna be", another fan tweeted.

The pieces are starting to fall into place for Netflix's The Witcher adaptation. That 13 year age gap is showing...

No release date has been announced. According to Hissrich, the show is now in pre-production.