Netflix is trying its hand at a “the next Game of Thrones” with new fantasy TV series The Witcher.
The eight-episode Netflix series is based upon Polish writer Andrzej Sapowski’s novel series about Geralt of Rivia, a monster hunter (or Witcher) with supernatural powers.
It is set to be helmed by Daredevil writer Lauren Schmidt Hissrich, who has pulled in a number of heavy-hitting directors including Alik Sakharov (Game of Thrones) and Charlotte Brandstrom (Outlander). She’s also managed to land Henry “Superman” Cavill in the lead role.
Here’s everything you need to know about The Witcher.
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When is The Witcher released on Netflix?
The Witcher is slated for release on Friday 20th December.
A now-deleted tweet from the Netflix Netherlands account originally suggested that the show would be released on Tuesday 17th December.
Henry Cavill shared a post on Instagram in early June confirming that filming had wrapped.
“Season one of The Witcher has finally come to an end,” he wrote. “The cast and crew worked tirelessly throughout, everyone pitched in and brought their A game to set and I couldn’t be more proud of you all.”
He added that he had been waking up at 3am to get transformed into Geralt by his hair and makeup team.
He will be joined by Freya Allan (The War of the Worlds), who will play Ciri, princess of Cintra, Jodhi May (Game of Thrones) in the role of Queen Calanthe, and Adam Levy (Knightfall, Snatch), as druid Mousesack.
Anya Chalotra will play powerful sorceress (and Geralt’s love interest) Yennefer, who Netflix recently showed off in some new images.
It’s not quite clear which The Witcher books Schmidt Hissrich has adapted for the series or where the action will pick up, but it’s been rumoured that this first series will focus mostly on original short story collection The Last Wish.
Meanwhile, a brief synopsis from Netflix clarifies that the series will focus early on Geralt (Cavill), Ciri (Allen) and Yennefer (Chalotra) as they take on a monstrous world.
“When destiny hurtles [Geralt] toward a powerful sorceress, and a young princess with a dangerous secret, the three must learn to navigate the increasingly volatile continent together,” the description reads.