The upcoming Netflix series based on The Witcher books has cast two of its most important characters in Ciri and Yennefer.
Freya Allan will play Ciri, and Anya Chalotra will play Yennefer opposite Henry Cavill’s Geralt of Rivia. The two relatively unknown actors have 7 credits collectively on IMDb.
Following the book series more than the games, the Netflix series’ first season will most likely cover the earlier parts of Geralt, Ciri, and Yennefer’s relationships, specifically in Geralt invoking the Law of Surprise and claiming Ciri as his ward.
In addition to Ciri and Yennefer, Netflix announced more cast members, including those who will play supporting roles in the Cintra court and in the magic academy at Aretuza. Jodhi May will play Ciri’s grandmother, Queen Calanthe, and Adam Levy will play Mousesack, a druid who’s Geralt’s friend and Ciri’s caretaker. MyAnna Buring will play Yennefer’s teacher Tissaia, while Mimi Ndiweni and Therica Wilson-Read will play two of Yennefer’s classmates, Fringilla and Sabrina.
While Ciri and Yennefer are arguably the series’ two most important characters next to Geralt, several key characters still don’t have actors attached to play them, if they’re even going to be in the series. Ciri’s parents, Pavetta and Duny (aka Emhyr var Emreis), still don’t have anyone to play them. Mark Hamill previously expressed interest in playing Geralt’s mentor, Vesemir, but Netflix has yet to announce anything about that character.
Showrunner Lauren Hissrich recently announced on Twitter that she finished writing the season finale, so the show should be about ready to start production, now that it’s got the majority of its cast. Netflix hasn’t announced a release window for the series yet, but we’re hoping it’ll be available on the streaming service sometime next year.
If you want more Witcher goodness while you’re waiting for the Netflix series to arrive, developer CD Projekt Red released its first story teaser trailer for Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales, a standalone RPG that uses combat mechanics from its other Witcher spin-off, Gwent.