'Witcher' Series on Netflix Casts Roles of Ciri, Yennefer

Image via Christopher McQuarrie

Image via Christopher McQuarrie

Freya Allen was previously seen in the not so great adaptation of War of the Worlds and in the odd but endearing post-apocalyptic kung-fu TV series Into the Badlands. Destiny soon thrusts him together with Ciri, who holds a risky secret, and Yennefer as they navigate the Continent. The two relative newcomers will join Superman star Henry Cavill, who plays protagonist Geralt of Rivia.

Today it was announced that Freya Allan and Anya Chalotra will portray the roles of Ciri and Yennefer respectively.

For those not familiar with The Witcher, the novel series by Andrzej Sapkowski that spawned a video game series by CD Projekt Red, Ciri is the princess of Cintra and the daughter of the magically inclined Source Pavetta and the ruler Emhyr var Emreis.

After leaked casting calls for Ciri had potentially indicated that the character could be played by a minority actress, there was some backlash from Witcher fans that lead to Hissrich stepping away from social media.

Other actors announced for the show are Jodhi May as Queen Calanthe, Bjorn Hlynur Haraldsson as her husband Eist, Adam Levy as Mousesack, MyAnna Buring as Aretuza, Millia Brady as Princess Renfri and Mimi Ndiweni and Therica Wilson-Read as novice sorcerers. Most notably among the nine are the actresses who will be playing Ciri and Yennefer. From the beginning, they have only looked to cast the best actors for a given role.

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In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Hissrich said of the pushback, "It boils down to a couple things". I'm a huge fan of the games. Over 200 people auditioned for the role of Ciri alone. It's only going to be as interesting as the people he interacts with.

However, Hissrich also noted, "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".

"I am sorta put off by how young Yennefer is gonna be", another fan tweeted. How do you think The Witcher's cast is shaping up?

Currently, The Witcher doesn't have a release window and the show is still in pre-production.

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