The Witcher is a well loved video game. It is a well loved series of books. The hope is it will be a well loved series on Netflix when it finally hits the screen. Lauren Hissrich, showrunner for the upcoming series, announced on Friday that casting was going to be starting in the next few weeks.
It's Friday night in LA, and it's been a seriously great week here at #Witcher.
Let's talk casting. Yes, I said the magic word! Casting is starting soon, and no, I can't tell you who our top picks are so don't ask. But. There is something very important you need to know. pic.twitter.com/9dfkhBIyo0
— Lauren S. Hissrich (@LHissrich) June 23, 2018
In the series of tweets on Friday, June 22nd, she wrote about the upcoming casting. She made it very clear that there is going to be an international search for who they want to play the titular Geralt of Rivia and Yennefer of Vengerberg, among others. Hissrich also mentioned the likelihood of random stray bits of The Witcher script floating around the internet. She wrote,
Because we’re casting internationally (which means lots of emails and self-tapes)….the writing staff has instead created entirely new scenes of our main characters….they’re probably real! But no, they won’t give anything away as to the stories we’re telling or the ways we’re telling them.
The show was initially announced a little over a year ago and there has been a great deal of speculation and concern about how it will be handled. One of the largest uproars came for many when Hissrich tweeted a picture of the writers room. The makeup of the room lead many people to immediately began questioning whether she was going to deviate from the source material.
Her response to the questions was wonderful. She explained that the author of the original novels, Andrzej Sapkowski, intended the world were this takes place is supposed to be diverse, even if it isn’t spelled out.
Will there be minorities? Yes. A man would be a minority in Brokilon Forest. A person of color would be a minority in a small village. An islander would be a minority in Cintra. Mr. Sapkowski has said–publicly, and to me–that the Continent is big and diverse
Did that calm everyone down? No, of course not, but Hissrich has done what she can to make sure that fans understand she will be doing her best to honor the intentions of the author. In the end, for all the speculation and question and concern, everyone will have to wait and see what comes of the show.
How do you think the show will turn out? Who would your ideal casting be for Geralt? Let us know in the comments.