Netflix's Witcher series has cast its Ciri and Yennefer

Joann Johnston
October 11, 2018

It's been revealed that Henry Cavill will be joined by Freya Allan and Anya Chalotra in the upcoming Netflix adaptation of The Witcher. Anya Chalotra (The ABC Murders, Wanderlust) has been cast in the role of Yennefer, a sorceress and Geralt's longtime love.

Cavill, meanwhile, plays the lead role of The Witcher, Geralt of Rivia.

Jodhi May (Game of Thrones, Genius) has been cast as Cintra's Queen Calanthe, the grandmother of Ciri. Filling out the magical academy at Aretuza are Tissaia (Ripper Street's MyAnna Buring) and novice sorcerers Fringilla (Mr Selfridge's Mimi Ndiweni) and Sabrina (Therica Wilson-Read). Indeed, the Mission: Impossible - Fallout actor's involvement was a huge coup for the fantasy series, and now the show is casting up around the talented performer. The advertisement noted that The Witcher was looking to cast a "BAME actress" - that is, a Black, Asian, and/or minority ethnic actress - to play Ciri (via ComicBook.com). From the beginning, they have only looked to cast the best actors for a given role. Hissrich proceeded to take "a Twitter hiatus" after all "the hate" percolated on the web.

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The announcements come via showrunner Lauren Schmidt Hissirch in a new interview with the Hollywood Reporter. I get it. When I read my favourite books I certainly imagine characters a certain way. Over 200 people auditioned for the role of Ciri alone. Following the plot of the books by Andrzej Sapkowski, Ciri is the princess of Cintra and Geralt of Rivia's adopted daughter while Yennefer is a sorceress who acts as her mother figure.

"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" said Hissrich. I actually went to London to meet with her in person and we knew it right away. However, progress is being made relatively swiftly, so hopefully everything remains on track for the show's 2019 release date.

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