Heads up, fans of The Witcher! The official teaser for the first season of the hotly-anticipated swords-and-sorcery series has been released – and it looks as intense as a Game of Thrones episode.
Check out Geralt of Riveria and co. brought to life in the enthralling teaser below:
Of course, fans of the games may be raising a few eyebrows – while Geralt is recognizably Geralt, even in the form of Henry Cavill, plotlines and character arcs will differ noticeably. This is because Netflix’s The Witcher is based on the original source material – the books written by Andrzej Sapkowski. While the games took characters, locations, and mythology from the books to craft their own stories, the Netflix show will stick more faithfully to the original narratives.
Originally, Netflix entertained the idea of adapting the books into one feature-length film until producer Lauren Schmidt Hissrich intervened, questioning the sense in adapting eight novels into one feature. After suggesting that the source material could be better suited for a series, Netflix gave the green light for a TV show based on The Witcher.
August last year, Henry Cavill revealed that he enjoyed playing The Witcher III: Wild Hunt, saying that he “just replayed all the way through. Love that game. Really good game”. He also mentioned reading the books, saying that “[they] are really, really good… The books I started reading, and they are well worth a read.” Shortly after this interview with IGN, he was announced as Geralt in the series.
Regarding his portrayal of the character, in a recent IGN SDCC interview, Cavil said “it’s tough” because “everyone has their own mental image of what a character looks like or how they behave or what they sound like.” He continued by saying that instead of conforming to internet expectations from The Witcher fans, he just acted out the character based on his own insight.
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