The Witcher is the new epic fantasy series by Netflix that will try to match Game of Thrones success, as well as try to compete against the new Lord of the Rings series that is being developed by Amazon.
Announced in 2017, The Witcher series will be based on the saga of Geralt of Rivia, a series of fantastic novels created by Polish writer Andrzej Sapkowski. It will also take elements of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, a video game adaptation released in 2015 for various platforms.
In 2018, showrunner Lauren S. Hissrich confirmed through her Twitter account that the series would consist of eight episodes that will tell a story similar to the one in the novels, that the video game would only be used for visual inspiration and that Sapkowski is participating in the project as an advisor.
As for the cast, The Witcher will feature Henry Cavill (Justice League, 2017) in the role of the sorcerer Geralt of Rivia, a bounty hunter with amazing abilities. The first image of Henry Cavill as Geralt was revealed in a makeup test done by Netflix and shared through their social media accounts. Plus, Freya Allan has been confirmed to play Ciri, Anya Chalotra as Yennefer from Vengerberg and Anna Shaffer as Triss Merigold.
Netflix estimates The Witcher to be released by the end of 2019, hoping it can fill the void Game of Thrones left in fans of epic fantasy.