Netflix is trying its hand at a “the next Game of Thrones” with new fantasy TV series The Witcher.
The eight-episode Netflix series is based upon Polish writer Andrzej Sapowski’s novel series about Geralt of Rivia, a monster hunter (or Witcher) with supernatural powers.
It is set to be helmed by Daredevil writer Lauren Schmidt Hissrich, who has pulled in a number of heavy-hitting directors including Alik Sakharov (Game of Thrones) and Charlotte Brandstrom (Outlander). She’s also managed to land Henry “Superman” Cavill in the lead role.
Here’s everything you need to know about The Witcher.
When is The Witcher released on Netflix?
The Witcher is slated for release on Friday 20th December.
A now-deleted tweet from the Netflix Netherlands account originally suggested that the show would be released on Tuesday 17th December.
Henry Cavill shared a post on Instagram in early June confirming that filming had wrapped.
“Season one of The Witcher has finally come to an end,” he wrote. “The cast and crew worked tirelessly throughout, everyone pitched in and brought their A game to set and I couldn’t be more proud of you all.”
He added that he had been waking up at 3am to get transformed into Geralt by his hair and makeup team.
In July, Netflix released the first poster for the series, which gives us a look at Geralt brooding on a cliff. Check it out below.
Henry Cavill in The Witcher. That’s it. That’s the tweet. pic.twitter.com/kSGPDTTJnT
— Netflix UK & Ireland (@NetflixUK) July 1, 2019
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Is there a The Witcher trailer?
Yes! We now have the main trailer from Netflix.
Henry Cavill introduced the first look at the series at San Diego Comic-Con in July. It introduces us to his long-haired protagonist, Geralt. Check it out below.
Who is in the cast?
Henry Cavill leads the show as Geralt of Rivia. In October, Netflix revealed the first glimpse of him in the series, wearing a luscious grey wig. It’s quite a look. Check it out below.
Get your first look at Henry Cavill in The Witcher! pic.twitter.com/1O2eWS1MkP
— Netflix US (@netflix) October 31, 2018
He will be joined by Freya Allan (The War of the Worlds), who will play Ciri, princess of Cintra, Jodhi May (Game of Thrones) in the role of Queen Calanthe, and Adam Levy (Knightfall, Snatch), as druid Mousesack.
Anya Chalotra will play powerful sorceress (and Geralt’s love interest) Yennefer, who Netflix recently showed off in some new images.
Here’s a few new glimpses of our favorite sorceress just in case you weren’t already beyond hyped to meet Yennefer. #TheWitcher pic.twitter.com/QsjUDygWFc
— NX (@NXOnNetflix) November 12, 2019
Take a look at the character posters below.
Henry Cavill as Geralt
Anya Chalotra as Yennefer
Freya Allan as Ciri
The cast is rounded out by Bjorn Hlynur Haraldsson, Shaun Dooley, Mimi Ndiweni, Therica Wilson-Read and Milie Brady.
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What is The Witcher about?
It’s not quite clear which The Witcher books Schmidt Hissrich has adapted for the series or where the action will pick up, but it’s been rumoured that this first series will focus mostly on original short story collection The Last Wish.
Meanwhile, a brief synopsis from Netflix clarifies that the series will focus early on Geralt (Cavill), Ciri (Allen) and Yennefer (Chalotra) as they take on a monstrous world.
“When destiny hurtles [Geralt] toward a powerful sorceress, and a young princess with a dangerous secret, the three must learn to navigate the increasingly volatile continent together,” the description reads.