Henry Cavill made headlines when he was cast as Geralt of Rivia for Netflix’s The Witcher series, and now we have an official synopsis as well as a confirmed release window.
Check it this post from showrunner Lauren S. Hissrich:
Some shiny new updates here…
— Lauren S. Hissrich (@LHissrich) September 6, 2018
The photo confirms a release aiming for 2019 as well as the synopsis:
The witcher Geralt, a mutated monster hunter, struggles to find his place in a world where people often prove more wicked than beasts.
Besides Cavill, we still have no idea on who else is going to star in the show. Admittedly, there’s been some controversy concerning the casting of Ciri, as the show is looking for an actress of color to play the part. Seeing that the books come from Polish origin, and that Ciri has been described as pale in the books, fans have gone so far as to call a boycott for The Witcher unless they change their mind about casting the character.
Admittedly, The Witcher book series came out back in the 90s, and it has a huge cult following specifically in Poland. Some Polish fans have expressed their disdain that a character would be cast in a way that would not be faithful to the books.
Honestly, I don’t know which stance to take that wouldn’t upset anyone, but if this show was made for fans (as well as lovers of the video game), I think it would be best to stick to the actual source material. At this point, I think casting someone of color is looking like forced diversity; besides, there are other ways to introduce diversity besides casting a main character a different ethnicity.
Then again, maybe Hissrich is planning something that would make complete sense for her show. Who knows?
The Witcher is set to come out on Netflix in 2019.