Fans of Sapkovsky's video games and books were surprised that Lauren Schmidt Hissrich became the showrunner of the Netflix series. After all, the original is quite "brutal". But the American screenwriter and producer worked on Marvel's "Daredevil" and "Defenders", and the gender framework has recently been "blurred". Therefore, the bosses were not mistaken, Schmidt enthusiastically set to work.
At first, it was planned to shoot a full-length film "The Witcher". However, the volume of material (Sapkovsky's novels and a collection of short stories published from mid-1980 to 2013) inspired more.
In January 2018, the script of the pilot series was completed. In mid-spring, the author shared with fans of The Witcher that season 1 will consist of eight episodes. When the casting began, the fans were wondering who would be chosen for the title role.
The most" audience votes "were scored by Dane Mads Mikkelsen from "Hannibal"," Viking " Travis Fimmel and the star of the TV series "Game of Thrones" Nikolaj Coster-Waldau. Interestingly, during the auditions, candidates were given fake excerpts to read-so that the script would not "fly to the masses"ahead of time.
In early September 2018, the showrunner informed her Twitter followers that the actor had been found. The role in the series was given to the Briton Henry Cavill. Although he was younger than the "competitors" and remembered for the ambiguously accepted DC franchise, the casting assistants were confident in the actor.
He himself rejoiced at the choice like a child. It turned out that the Englishman loves the books of the Pole and is happy to sit at the video game "The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt". So Henry easily changed the Superman leotard for a blond wig and a Witcher's cloak.
It remained to wait – who was approved for the main female roles. There was an incident with Cirilla at first. The authors decided that the princess will be played by a representative of the "non-white" race-probably for the sake of the"trend". The outrage of fans of the novels forced Schmidt and her colleagues to reconsider the idea. As a result, the role was given to a debutante, a 17-year-old native of Oxfordshire, Freya Allan. As the first season of the series showed, the girl coped with the work.
The second female character-the sorceress Yennefer, the beloved of the hero Cavill – is no less important than the fragile heiress to the throne. The despised daughter, a hunchback, from whom passers-by turned away, turned into a sorceress with "purple", radiant eyes! It was necessary to play the" magic " of reincarnation. And a British woman with Indian roots, Anya Chalotra, did it masterfully. Among the candidates, more experienced actresses were called-for example, Eva Green. But the producers decided to take a chance, and the 24-year-old brunette did not disappoint.
Filming took place in Eastern Europe (mainly in Budapest and the surrounding area), "moved" to the Canary Islands and ended at the end of May 2019. In December of the same year, the series premiered. The doubts of the fans, who did not fully believe in Cavill, melted away: well done!
Yes, the audience did not get a new film, but they can enjoy the fascinating multi-part "saga". The next "portion" of the heroes ' adventures is expected in 2021. As the creators promise, the upcoming eight episodes of fantasy will be an adaptation of the novel "Blood of the Elves", the third part of the book cycle. In it, the monster hunter begins to take care of Cirilla. So the continuation is just around the corner.