Netflix Hands The Witcher an Early Season 2 Renewal
We haven't even stepped foot on the Continent yet, but we can already count on a return trip.
By Chris Morse
The upcoming television adaptation of The Witcher has earned itself a major vote of confidence from Netflix, as the series has been officially renewed for a second season more than one month before its premiere. While fans of the fantasy books and video games have not yet had the opportunity to see how monster slayer Geralt’s adventures will play out on the silver screen, the streaming platform is clearly expecting great things from the show even before it debuts.
“I’m so thrilled to announce: Geralt, Yennefer, and Ciri will be back for more adventures... in Season Two,” showrunner Lauren S. Hissrich wrote on Twitter. “I could not be more proud of what the amazing cast and crew of The Witcher have accomplished, and can’t wait for the world to dig in and enjoy these stories with us.”
Netflix announced today the series’ second season will consist of eight episodes, which is the same as the first. Production is scheduled to begin early next year in London with a target release of sometime in 2021, but no specifics were given beyond that. The renewal artwork pictured below was circulated around the show's social media accounts and depicts each of Geralt's swords, one standard blade and a silver one for slaying monsters. We expect both will get plenty of use in the upcoming series.
Official Trailer: Netflix's The Witcher Premieres December 20th
The monster-slaying fantasy series is set to arrive before the end of the year.
In The Witcher, Geralt of Rivia, a solitary monster hunter, struggles to find his place in a world where people often prove more wicked than beasts. But when destiny hurtles him toward a powerful sorceress, and a young princess with a dangerous secret, the three must learn to navigate the increasingly volatile Continent together.
Henry Cavill plays the starring role of Geralt of Rivia while the cast also includes Freya Allan (The War of the Worlds, Into the Badlands) as Ciri, Anya Chalotra (The ABC Murders, Wanderlust) as Yennefer, Jodhi May (Game of Thrones, Genius) as Queen Calanthe, Bjorn Hlynur Haraldsson (Fortitude) as her husband, the knight Eist, Adam Levy (Knightfall, Snatch) as the druid Mousesack, MyAnna Buring as Tissaia, Mimi Ndiweni and Therica Wilson-Read as novice sorcerers, and Millie Brady as Princess Renfri.
In addition, Eamon Farren (The ABC Murders, Twin Peaks) stars as Cahir, Joey Batey (Knightfall, Strike) as Jaskier, Lars Mikkelsen (House of Cards, Sherlock) as Stregobor, Royce Pierreson (Wanderlust, Judy) as Istredd, Maciej Musiał (1983) as Sir Lazlo, Wilson Radjou-Pujalte (Jamillah & Aladdin, Dickensian) as Dara, and Anna Shaffer (Harry Potter series) as Triss.
Additional casting includes Rebecca Benson as Marilka, Shane Attwooll as Nohorn, Luke Neal as Vyr, Matthew Neal as Nimir, Tobi Bamtefa as Danek, Sonny Serkis as Martin, Roderick Hill as Fletcher, Inge Beckmann as Aridea, Charlotte O’Leary as Tiffania, Natasha Culzac as Toruviel, Amit Shah as Torque, and Tom Canton as Filavandrel.
The Witcher is set to premiere on Netflix beginning December 20th and has already been renewed for a second season, which will begin filming early next year for a 2021 release. Stay tuned for all the latest news and updates here on Dead Entertainment.
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