The upcoming television adaptation of The Witcher has cast its leading ladies! The famous best-selling video game franchise and book series has cast Freya Allan, of Into the Badlands, as Ciri and Anya Chalotra, of Wanderlust, as Yennefer!
Yennefer is a sorceress and the main love interest of Geralt of Rivia, who will be played by Henry Cavill. Ciri is the princess of Cintra, a kingdom that plays a key role in the story. The Hollywood Reporter reports that other members of the cast include, “Jodhi May (Game of Thrones, Genius) as Queen Calanthe; Bjorn Hlynur Haraldsson (Fortitude) as her husband, the knight Eist; Adam Levy (Knightfall, Snatch) as the druid Mousesack; MyAnna Buring as the head of the magical academy at Aretuza, Tissaia; Mimi Ndiweni and Therica Wilson-Read as novice sorcerers; and Millie Brady as the outcast Princess Renfri.”
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Though there has been major backlash for the lack of diversity in the cast (especially for the role of Ciri), The Witcher‘s producer and showrunner Lauren Schmidt Hissrich has said,
I think coming in as a writer and saying my vision might look different than yours is scary for fans, but truthfully I don’t think it has to be. 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. That couldn’t be further from the truth. What I’ve always wanted to do is take these Slavic stories and give them a global audience.
Hissrich is known for producing Netflix shows such as Daredevil, The Defenders and House of Cards, but her script for The Witcher will be a departure from her previous work. Being heavily involved in the casting process, Hissrich met with over 200 young girls from Europe and was able to boil it down to a small group of girls. Upon meeting Freya in England she knew that she was “the one.”
The Witcher television adaptation is currently in development and Hissrich has said that production will be underway soon!
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