Published: Thu, October 11, 2018

The Witcher Netflix series casts Ciri and Yennefer

The Witcher Netflix series casts Ciri and Yennefer

It's also been announced by Netflix that Alik Sakharov, known for his work on House of Cards and Game of Thrones, will be directing four episodes, while Alex Garcia Lopez and Charlotte Brändström will each direct two episodes. Adam Levy (Knightfall, Snatch) has been cast as the druid Mousesack (Ermion to fans of the games). Her world at the magical academy at Aretuza will be populated by MyAnna Buring (Kill List) as Tissaia, Mimi Ndiweni (Black Earth Rising) and Therica Wilson-Read (Profile) as novice sorcerers Fringilla and Sabrina, and Millie Brady (The Last Kingdom) as outcast Princess Renfri. Following the death of her mother and father, who was using the alias Duny at the time, Ciri grew closer to her grandmother, Queen Calanthe, who kept it a secret from Ciri that she was destined to become a witcher - someone who trains to become a hired monsterslayer.

The Witcher series for Netflix will be based on the stories and novels by Andrzej Sapkowski, of which there are eight, which themselves formulated the popular Witcher games franchise which has since spawned a comic book series and a tabletop game. Wanderlust's Anya Chalotra will then play another crucial role, that of the sorceress Yennefer.

After leaked casting calls for Ciri had potentially indicated that the character could be played by a minority actress, there was some backlash from Witcher fans that lead to Hissrich stepping away from social media. From the beginning, they have only looked to cast the best actors for a given role. She stated that the team "ended up seeing over 200 young women" for the role of Ciri and eventually found Allan, who was actually auditioning for another role. In terms of why people responded so strongly, I think the fans really have pictures of these characters in their minds and I don't blame them for that.

She added, "I just wanted people to know that I really respected the material".

However, Hissrich also noted, "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". According to Hissrich, the show is now in pre-production.

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