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

Lawrence Kim
October 11, 2018

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.

Netflix hasn't yet announced a premiere date for The Witcher, but with production beginning soon I think it's possible we'll see the show at the end of 2019 or early 2020.

Leading the magical academy at Aretuza is Tissaia (MyAnna Buring, Ripper Street, Kill List), and Yennefer is joined by other novice sorcerers Fringilla (Mimi Ndiweni, Black Earth Rising), Sabrina (Therica Wilson-Read, Profile).

Additionally, Anya Chalotra (The ABC Murders) takes on the role of Yennefer, Ciri's mother figure, Geralt's true love, and badass sorceress.

Jodhi May (Game of Thrones, Genius) has been cast as Cintra's Queen Calanthe, the grandmother of Ciri. Although both characters have had substantial parts in Sapkowski's books, gaming fans will also recognize Ciri and Yennefer from CD Projekt Red's gaming franchise. It comes down to the best actor for the role.

"Casting The Witcher has been one of the biggest projects of my career and undoubtedly the most exciting", said Hissrich.

Cavill is a huge star, but he'll be surrounded by a lot of new faces in the cast.

Hissrich discussed with THR the process behind casting Allan and Chalotra for The Witcher, sharing that she didn't make a point to cast lesser-known stars and that "200 young women from all over Europe" auditioned for the role of Ciri.

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". I actually went to London to meet with her in person and we knew it right away. I'm annoyed that they have cast a 21 year old (who looks about 15) as the love interest of Henry Cavill (35) in #TheWitcher.

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".

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

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