Netflix’s adaptation of The Witcher continues to hum along. We already know that Superman himself, Henry Cavill, will be stepping into Geralt of Rivia‘s monster hunting boots, and we recently got some more casting information on the upcoming show. Showrunner Lauren Schmidt Hissrich (who recently served as a producer for two other Netflix shows: Daredevil and The Defenders) sat down with THR and revealed that two extremely important female roles have been cast in The Witcher: Ciri and Yennefer.
Freya Allan, who appeared as Young Minerva in AMC’s Into the Badlands, will be stepping into the shoes of Ciri, the “child of surprise” that trains under Geralt. Anya Chalotra, who appears as Jennifer Ashman in the TV series Wanderlust, will appear as the powerful sorceress Yennefer, a former advisor to the emperor and a love interest of Geralt.
Netflix’s adaptation of The Witcher is based on the fantasy books from Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski – the same source material as the video game series. However, the showrunners are doing their best to tell their own story set in the world of these characters, rather than retell familiar stories from the series. The series (at least, the first season of the series) is set to run for eight episodes.
In the lore of The Witcher, Ciri is the sole princess of Cintra, and powerful “Elder Blood” runs through her veins. When Geralt lifts a curse from her family, he claims her as a ward through the “law of surprise” and trains her in the ways of monster hunting. Yennefer is a member of the Supreme Council of Sorcerers, and is an extremely powerful magic user. She is Geralt‘s true love and serves as a mother figure to Ciri.
According to the interview, The Witcher has not yet begun production. It is expected to hit Netflix in either late 2019 or possibly 2020. Stay tuned to our Twitter and our Horror Group on Facebook for the latest horror news and features, and for more on Netflix’s adaptation of The Witcher.