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The Netflix Witcher series has cast the roles of Ciri and Yennefer, two of the show's main female leads to star alongside Henry Cavill's Geralt of Rivia.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Frey Allan (Into the Badlands) will play Ciri, while Anya Chalotra (The ABC Murders, Wanderlust) will play Yennefer in the Netflix adaptation of Andrzej Sapkowski's Witcher fantasy series. The Netflix series is separate from the video game RPGs developed by CD Projekt Red.
Further casting for other roles were also revealed including: Jodhi May (Game of Thrones) has been cast as Queen Calanthe; Björn Hlynur Haraldsson (Fortitude) will play her husband Knight Eist; Adam Levy (Knightfall) will play druid Mousesack; MyAnna Buring (The Witcher 3) is Aretuza Tissaia; Mimi Ndiweni and Therica Wilson-Read will play novice sorcerers; and Millie Brady will play the outcast Princess Renfri.
Daredevil producer Lauren Schmidt Hissrich is serving as showrunner for Netflix's Witcher Adaptation. Hissrich has been open about the development for the Witcher show, tweeting about the writing process for the series. Hissrich took a break from social media and returned after backlash from fans over a leaked casting call asking for diverse actors.
Speaking with The Hollywood Report Hissrich confirmed that every actor, including Cavill, were cast because they were the "best actors for these roles. Period. End of story." She also says she wants to "steer away" from the video games as they are the sole visual representation of the Witcher series, and Netflix wants to create its "own visual representation." It's to the point where Hissrich has stopped playing the games to focus on creating a unique vision.
CD Projekt Red is currently working on Cyberpunk 2077 based on the tabletop RPG of the same name. Witcher author Andrzej Sapkowski has recently brought lawyers to demand more money from CD Projekt Red for the Witcher video games, claiming they owe him unpaid royalties. CD Projekt Red denies this.
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