The Way "The Witcher" Casting Took Great Liberties With their Characters' Appearances
Video game fans are excited about the upcoming Netflix series ‘The Witcher’, which is set to premiere some time this year. In the past couple of months, they have announced more of the cast for the show; many great actresses have signed on to work alongside Henry Cavill, who will be playing Geralt of Rivia. However, some people might not be too happy that some actors don’t look at all like their favorite characters. Let’s dive into the details.
An upcoming show
‘The Witcher’ is not only a video game, but also a novel series written by Andrzej Sapkowski, and the show will focus on those stories instead of the features of the game. However, people are already comparing the cast to the animated version. It’s all a matter of perspective, and at this point, we have not seen most of them in makeup and costume.
The official Netflix synopsis says: "The Witcher is an epic tale of fate and family. Geralt of Rivia, a solitary monster hunter, struggles to find his place in a world where people often prove more wicked than beasts. But when destiny hurtles him toward a powerful sorceress, and a young princess with a dangerous secret, the three must learn to navigate the increasingly volatile Continent together."
The series will also be handled by Lauren Schmidt Hissrick from Marvel’s ‘Daredevil’, and the initial episodes will be directed by Alik Sakharov, known for ‘Game of Thrones’. Therefore, it’s bound to be just as epic as the stories that gamers have come to love, but even more detailed if they are based on the novels. For now, let’s compare the cast with the characters:
1. Henry Cavill as Geralt of Rivia
Although Cavill might not have initially seemed like the perfect person to play the role of Geralt, his acting skills are bound to prove non-believers wrong. Furthermore, Netflix released the first look of him in full costume, and he definitely looks like Geralt in many ways. However, he also reminds us a little of the elves in ‘Lord of the Rings’ like Legolas.
No matter what, it will be great to see Cavill attempting this new role. It’s a definite change for him after a couple of years playing Superman for Zack Snyder’s DC movies, and the part of Geralt is both exciting and completely different. Some fans think that the production team should change his odd-looking wig for a more realistic one, but we’ll have to wait and see how it looks on the show.
2. Anya Chalotra as Yennefer
One of the main complaints of certain fans is that the actress looks much younger than the video game character. However, it’s important to remember that the novel version looks a lot more like Anya than most people expect. She is also younger than what the animated Yennefer seems, so the showrunners are really sticking to the books.
We have yet to see her in full makeup and costume, but if fans wait a little, she might just convince you that she can portray this role. Additionally, the picture people are using to compare the character to Chalotra is also an old one, so that’s why she looks way too innocent to play the fierce-looking Yennefer. We better wait for the first look of her in full attire before we judge.
3. Freya Allan as Ciri
There was some talk a few months ago of Netflix possibly casting a person of color in the role of Ciri, and fans were incensed. However, it was later announced that Freya Allan was cast, who is blonde and green-eyed just like Ciri. Sadly, just like Anya Chalotra, people were concerned that she looks like a child. Again, we must remind everyone that the novel version is much younger.
If we remember that she is younger, then Freya looks perfect for the role with her innocent face, but there is something about this actress’ eyes that radiates intensity. Her angelic face might not have the freckles of the animated Ciri, but that’s where her young age comes in handy to give a childlike presence that others might underestimate.
4. Anna Shaffer as Triss
Some hardcore ‘Harry Potter’ fans might remember her role as Romilda Vane, and while her looks are not exactly like Triss Merigold, she might just play a great part. Of course, we hope that the show will dye her hair and give her some colored eye contacts. There’s not a lot of information regarding her, but some fans on Reddit do believe that Anna could do well because of her varied facial expressions.
5. Joey Batey as Jaskier (Dandelion)
The role of Jaskier went to Joey Batey, a relatively new actor that does not have many credits under his belt with only two movies like ‘Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool’ and ‘The Riot Club’, but that is not necessarily bad. If he grows his beard and dons the period wardrobe, we’re are sure that no one will complain because his looks are very similar.
6. Adam Levy as Mousesack
From his looks, Levy seems like a great choice for the role of Mousesack. Production has to give him a huge beard and the proper attire, and that would be it. On another note, the actor is known for his work on ‘A.D. The Bible Continues’, so he is no stranger to this kind of epic sagas. He is definitely one of the closest in looks to the animated character.
7. Therica Wilson-Read as Sabrina
She is another relatively new actress with credits in a movie called ‘Fox Trap’, and we are excited about this choice as her looks are very similar to the description in the novels: “A dark-haired sorceress; her slightly too-long nose and predatory eyes made her resemble the classic image of a witch.” We’ll have to wait and see how she does.
8. Mimi Ndiwendi as Fringilla
Now, the role of Fringilla has become rather controversial because she is white, and Netflix has hired a woman of color for the part. Fans became mad after that announcement, but it’s not because of racism, but rather that they want the story to stay as true to the source as possible. It’s hard to make any character in this story black because they are related to others.
Therefore, you would have to bring in other people of color for those parts, and that goes even farther away from the original story. It’s hard to say at this time if Fringilla’s race will affect the rest of the show, but fans cannot get over this. Unfortunately, we have no control over Netflix’s decisions, and they must have done this for a reason.
What do you think of the casting choices? Do you consider that changing the race of Fringilla is going to affect the show? We hope that Netflix gives us more sneak peeks soon. If you liked this article, share it with your friends while discussing who could have been better for each part. See you next time!