After months of wait, the first look at Netflix’s upcoming series The Witcher has finally been revealed. The show has been in production for the better part of last year and is an adaptation of the book series of the same name. Take a look below at Henry Cavill as Geralt of Rivia:
The show will follow the adventures of Geralt, a Witcher (read: monster hunter). The show’s synopsis reads:
“Based on the best-selling fantasy series of books, The Witcher is an epic tale of fate and family. Geralt of Rivia, a solitary monster hunter, struggles to find his place in a world where people often prove more wicked than beasts. 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.“
Alongside the first looks, a teaser poster has also been revealed showing us The Witcher’s silver sword as well as teasing the vast Continent in which the show takes place.
We also have our first look at some of the other cast members in the show. Here’s a look at Yennefer of Vengerberg, Geralt’s primary love interest from the books and videogames, who’ll be played by Anya Chalotra.
A few other reveals give us our first looks at Ciri, played by Freya Allan and a bunch of other logos. Netflix is expected to release the first trailer for The Witcher at the San Diego Comic-Con this month, with a release planned towards the end of the year. Here are the other pictures that were released:
In the wake of bad videogame adaptations, The Witcher is going to be a double-edged sword. The show is primarily adapting the first 2 books, The Last Wish and Sword of Destiny. While the makers have said that they’ll be taking cues from the videogames, they’re mainly going to adhere more towards the book’s tone and storylines.
The first season will consist of 8 episodes, with subsequent seasons being planned for. This isn’t the first live-action adaptation of The Witcher though, as fans may not know about The Hexer, the 2001 Polish adaptation which was received poorly. Series creator Andrzej Sapkowski has been heavily involved in the creative process, working alongside showrunner Lauren Hissrich to deliver the best possible version of a live action Witcher series.