On the 2nd day of the San Diego Comic-Con 2019, that is, July 20th, fans
assembled at its ‘The Witcher panel were treated to the first trailer for
Netflix’s The Witcher series, which has received a widely positive
response on social media.
The Witcher trailer, starring Henry Cavill as hero Geralt of Rivia, Freya Allan as Ciri, the Princess of Cintra, and Anya Chalotra as sorceress Yennefer, is just one glimpse into the highly-anticipated TV series that has been in production since 2017, with Daredevil and The Defenders producer Lauren Schmidt Hissrich as the leading TV producer.
The Witcher is based on the fantasy series of short stories and
novels written by Polish writer Andrzej Sapkowski, and on the three-game series – CD Projekt Red.
As stated by Lauren Hissrich, the Witcher TV series would be a thorough adaptation of Sapkowski’s book series than that of the video games.
“The Witcher is the story of monster hunter Gerald as he struggles to
find his place in a world “where people often prove more wicked than beasts,” according to the logline.
Destiny soon thrusts him together with Ciri, who holds a dangerous secret, and Yennefer as they navigate the Continent.
The characters in The Witcher do not fall under a monolithic category of either good or villainous. Characters have shades of grey to them, defying expectations and presumptions.
Lauren Hissrich, in an interview with the Entertainment Weekly dated July
18, stated that there is no character in this series who can be termed as
“There isn’t really a villain. One of the things we’re enjoying exploring is all the shades of grey in the books. The characters you’re rooting for in the beginning may not be the characters you’re rooting for in the end.
And characters you hate and seem absolutely evil are motivated by something relatable, human, and emotional. I found writing it and then watching it afterward that your allegiance switches a lot. You constantly try to put yourself in the shoes of characters and think what would you do [in a situation]. I think you’ll end up having a lot of empathy for characters you didn’t expect to.”
The episodes of The Witcher TV series speculated as being PG-rated, are supposed to be directed by Alik Sakharov (Game of Thrones), Alex Garcia Lopez (Marvel’s Luke Cage), and Charlotte Brändström (Outlander).
The Witcher is slated to arrive on Netflix this year.