What a joyous day! Today we learned who would be playing our female leads for the highly anticipated Witcher series set to debut on Netflix. We also learned a few other castings and characters as well, thanks to THR‘s interview with the showrunner Lauren S. Hissrich. But just who will be playing the young Ciri and the sorceress Yennefer? A couple of newcomers, actually. Welcome Freya Allan and Anya Chalotra!
Based on the popular book series by Andrzej Sapkowski, we’ll see Allan playing Ciri, described as “the young princess of Cintra”, a kingdom that will be in the center of the plot. Apparently Allan was reading for another role when Hissrich went to go meet her. They knew she was the one right away, despite seeing 200 other girls. Chalotra on the other hand will be portraying Yennefer, only described as Geralt’s (Henry Cavill) “main love interest”. But both were praised and said to completely “embody the characters” – and that’s all we can ask for, isn’t it?
One thing Hissrich did mention though is that she’s trying to distance herself from the game series. The very popular CD Projekt Red games are the only visual representation of the series and the show “needed to create [their] own visual representation.” As a fan only coming from the games, I think it will be fun to experience the story in a new medium. It will be interesting to see how the characters differ or stay the same compared to the game.
Additionally, we learned more casting. Say hello to Jodhi May as Queen Calanthe and Bjorn Hlynur Haraldsson as her husband, the knight Eist. Adam Levy will play the druid Mousesack with MyAnna Buring as the head of the magical academy at Aretuza, Tissaia. Mimi Ndiweni and Therica Wilson-Read will be novice sorcerers and Millie Brady is the outcast Princess Renfri. Apparently the production has already cast 50 people. How many more familiar faces will we see before production is up?
What do you think of the casting news? Let us know! Be sure to come back to Geek Girl Authority for more Witcher news. The Netflix series will debut sometime in the near future.
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