Video game movie crossovers don’t always turn out for the best, looking at you Assassin’s Creed. When Netflix announced its intention of recreating The Witcher I’m sure many fans were worried that the beloved series wouldn’t get the justice it deserved. Well, I’m here to tell you that it looks better than I ever even imagined.
The Witcher is an action role-playing video game based on a novel series of the same name. This game focuses on the tale of Geralt of Rivia, a human that has been enhanced to slay ravenous monsters, and his journey as a Witcher. After one chooses the path, they which to peruse Geralt is given the job of freeing the king’s daughter, Princess Adda, of a curse that gives her the form of a terrifying monster. Years pass and Geralt is found by a group of Witchers, with no recollection of his previous memories. As Geralt struggles with his amnesia he continues killing dreadful monsters and restores peace throughout tainted land. This story is only the beginning of the trilogy and my is it a wild and gory ride.
It goes without saying that gamers everywhere were excited for any new information that Netflix would announce about the series, and it’s safe to say that they weren’t disappointed. There was a new trailer shown at the panel that left viewers in a state of awe. It begins with a bleach blonde Geralt bloodied and walking through a humble town. A flash of a battle tickles the eyes of many before returning to our hero’s jaunt. Flashes of beautiful elves, magic, great deaths, death, and blistering fire plaster themselves across the screen as the music gradually intensify before we are reminded that humans are the worst kinds of monsters out there.
That trailer was one of the most beautiful things to come out of San Diego Comic-Con International’s Hall H. The costumes, scenery, and props look perfect, aside from Geralt’s medallion, I have to be honest here, and one thing is for sure, the cast seems to fit their roles flawlessly. The cast consists of:
Henry Cavill (Running Man) as Geralt of Rivia
Freya Allan (The War of the Worlds) as Princess Ciri
Anya Chalotra (Wanderlust) as Yennefer of Vengerberg
Jodhi May (Down a Dark Hall) as Queen Calanthe
Björn Hlynur Haraldsson (Trapped) as King Eist
Adam Levy (Before I Go to Sleep) as Mousesack
MyAnna Buring (Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn) as Tissaia
Mimi Ndiweni (The Legend of Tarzan) as Fringilla
Therica Wilson-Read (Suicide Club) as Sabrina
Emma Appleton (The End of the F***ing World) as Princess Renfri
I must admit, I was an individual that fear Netflix series would eventually fizzle out. However, it seems that every chance they have to wow their fanbase, they take it. The Witcher looks gorgeous and I honestly found myself watching the trailer several times over. With no offical release date, my heart burns with sorrow but it’s been told The Witcher will be out near the end of 2019. My only hope is that this series will hold more than one season and not rush to slam together all the elements of each game into one. Overall, Netflix showed their cards and produced a royal flush.