The Witcher: Female leads cast for new Netflix fantasy series


Netflix’s upcoming fantasy adaptation The Witcher has found its Ciri and Yennefer!

Freya Allan (Into the Badlands) has been cast as Ciri and Anya Chalotra (Wanderlust) has been cast as Yennefer, reports Deadline. They will star in The Witcher opposite former Man of Steel Henry Cavill, who was previously cast as Geralt of Rivia.

The series is an adaptation of the eight novels and story collections in the Witcher Saga by Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski. The plot centers on “witchers,” people who battle monsters after developing supernatural powers when they’re young.

While the books have been translated into over 20 languages, they may be best known for their adaptation into an award-winning video game series.

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In the Netflix show, Cavill’s character is a solitary witcher who is thrown together with a young princess with a dangerous secret and a powerful sorceress. The trio must navigate the treacherous land together.

Allan’s Ciri is the Princess of Cintra. Other characters in the court of Cintra include Queen Calanthe (Jodhi May), the Queen’s husband, Eist, a knight (Björn Hlynur Haraldsson), and a druid named Mousesack (Adam Levy).

Meanwhile, Chalotra’s Yennefer is a sorceress-in-training who is being taught at the magical academy at Aretuza. Leading the academy is Tissaia (MyAnna Buring). Other student sorceresses include Fringilla (Mimi Ndiweni) and Sabrina (Therica Wison-Read).

It was also announced that Millie Brady has been cast in the role of Princess Renfri, an outcast.

Lauren Schmidt Hissrich, a former co-executive producer on the Netflix series Daredevil and The Defenders, will write, executive produce, and showrun The Witcher.

Of the challenge of assembling the series’ sprawling cast, she said,

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"Casting The Witcher has been one of the biggest projects of my career and undoubtedly the most exciting. I can’t wait for these wonderful actors to bring such iconic and loved characters to life on screen and to share these special stories with viewers all over the world."

Remaining roles should be cast shortly.

No word yet on a release date for the series. Check back with ShowSnob for more news about The Witcher as it’s announced.