Meet your new Ciri and Yennefer for the Netflix Witcher TV series

  • Meet your new Ciri and Yennefer for the Netflix Witcher TV series

Meet your new Ciri and Yennefer for the Netflix Witcher TV series

It's been revealed that Henry Cavill will be joined by Freya Allan and Anya Chalotra in the upcoming Netflix adaptation of The Witcher.

The Witcher is an epic tale of fate and family. The trio subsequently traverse the volatile Continent together. The elfin Freya Allan - also now filming a War of the Worlds TV mini-series - will play adopted daughter Ciri, and Wanderlust star Anya Chalotra takes the role of sorceress Yennefer. Allan is a young actress with very little experience under her belt aside from an episode of AMC's series Into the Badlands and the upcoming War of the Worlds miniseries.

An earlier leak sparked a rumor that Netflix's The Witcher series was looking to cast a woman of colour as the role for Ciri.

Along with Allan and Chalotra's casting, Netflix also announced that Jodhi May, Bjorn Hlynur Haraldsson, Adam Levy, MyAnna Buring, Mimi Ndiweni, Therica Wilson-Read, and Millie Brady would be joining the series. Indeed, casting Superman can't come cheap.

Showrunner and executive producer Lauren Schmidt Hissrich told the Hollywood Reporter that the cast is now up to 50 actors. She also said that despite casting such a well-known lead with Cavill, they didn't purposefully opt to cast lesser-known actors in supporting roles to balance this out. Period. End of story. From the beginning, they have only looked to cast the best actors for a given role. Henry's obviously a big fan of the franchise.

She continued: "In terms of why people responded so strongly, I think the fans really have pictures of these characters in their minds and I don't blame them for that".

Speaking about the backlash to the rumours that the show would cast a black actress as Ciri, Hissrich said, "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".

The drama is mainly based on the original Polish novels, and since the video game series is "the sole visual representation of these stories", Hirssch told THR her team needed to find their "own visual representation". "As I've been developing the series I've actually pulled back from playing the video games because I wanted to make sure the show we were creating was its own unique thing".