The Witcher Spin-Off: 6 Key Details
While we re-watch the first season and wait for the upcoming Season 2, Netflix has confirmed that a new story is in the works. Here are all the details about the upcoming Witcher spin-off.
1. So what should we expect?
The agents of Redanian Intelligence were the first to notice hints of a new film in The Witcher universe. It was an entry for the script on the Writers' Guild of America website. Netflix didn’t make us wait for too long and soon took to Twitter to confirm the rumors.
Showrunner Lauren Schmidt Hissrich then shared the exciting news, adding that she’s been keeping this secret for over a year! So, the spinoff film title is “The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf”, and – it’s going to be anime! The surprising thing about this animated film is that it won't feature Geralt of Rivia! Moreover, we most probably won’t see any of the known cast from the original series!
But this time the central character of the show will be another witcher – Vesemir. Die-hard fans of the franchise already know from the novels and the video-games, that Vesemir is Geralt's mentor and his most trusted partner. The first official description of the “Nightmare of the Wolf” tells us the following:
“Long before mentoring Geralt, Vesemir begins his own journey as a witcher after the mysterious Deglan claims him through the Law of Surprise”
The original announcement tweet also said that the anime film “will take us back to a new threat facing the Continent." Unfortunately, we don’t know what this threat is. But we hope that although the events in “Nightmare of the Wolf” are set many years before those of “The Witcher” series, exploring Vesemir's story will answer some of the burning questions that viewers might still have about the witchers and the Continent.
2. Who exactly is Vesemir?
His name was actually mentioned in the final episode of ‘The Witcher’ series. But fans of The Witcher video games (and those who have read Andrzej Sapkowski's novels, of course) are already well-familiar with Vesemir.
He is the oldest and most experienced witcher, who trained Geralt of Rivia in the ancient castle of Kaer Morhen – home to the witchers of the School of the Wolf. In the video games, he aids Geralt in hunting monsters. Vesemir is described as being wise and skilled, but his exact age has never been revealed.
3. Any connections to Season 2 of The Witcher?
Oh, yes! We feel that there is a strong connection between “Nightmare of the Wolf” and the next season of the series. Caution, minor spoilers ahead! Remember those moments in ‘The Witcher’ where Geralt makes reference to Vesemir? And there we also hear Vesemir's voice telling Geralt that he'll be waiting for him.
Fans who have read the novels might already know that after the fall of Cintra Geralt takes Ciri to Kaer Morhen to hide her – and also to train. Assuming that the Netflix series continues to follow the events of Sapkowski's books, it’s very likely indeed that at Kaer Morhen, Geralt and Ciri will meet the aged witcher. So it’s obvious that Vesemir should play a significant role in Season 2 of the live-action show, second only to the central trio of Geralt, Ciri, and Yennefer.
In this respect, a tie-in anime film makes perfect sense, as it prepares us for the new character in the Second Season, without wasting screen time to explain who he is. And, of course, the audience will have a chance to learn new breathtaking details about the dark fantasy world of ‘The Witcher’.
4. Who’s behind the anime film?
As we already know from Twitter, the anime film, “The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf” will be brought to life by Lauren Hissrich and Beau De Mayo. The script is credited to DeMayo, who worked on The Witcher. The animation will be handled by the renowned Korean Studio Mir, best known for ‘The Legend of Korra’. The studio has also worked with Netflix before.
We don’t know who will play Vesemir in the live-action show yet, or who'll give their voice to the character in “Nightmare of the Wolf”. But the fandom has already pitched none other than Mark Hamill as a contender!! Lauren Hissrich has recently responded to these rumors, admitting that Hamill has always been of interest to her and the project:
“We have not contacted his agent yet because we’re not casting the role quite yet, but that being said, I am loving what’s happening on the internet.”
Well, we all know how incredibly passionate Hissrich is at bringing Sapkowski's fantasy world to life.
5. But what about Mark Hamill?
The Star Wars actor, who, by the way, has an extensive list of voice roles on his CV, also responded to the fan-casting:
“I have no idea what this is or what it's about but agree it could/should be played by me.”
Another actor who might voice Vesemir in “Nightmare of the Wolf” is Theo James, who said that single line in the first season of “The Witcher’. But in real life James is younger than Henry Cavill, so we doubt that he'll be cast in the second season. And having two different actors for one character doesn’t seem like a smart move. Anyway, we’ll wait and see.
6. When will Nightmare of the Wolf be released?
Fans are dying for more of the Witcher’s adventures, but they are not set for release until 2021! So it would be the best time to watch its spin-off in the meantime, which will fill that gap between the two seasons.
Unfortunately, there's no confirmation of a release date yet, but the exciting news is that “The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf” is being drawn up already - literally right now. We can’t wait to see it, and will definitely follow closely on the news about this project.
And what do you think about the upcoming animated Witcher spin-off? Would you want to see Mark Hamill in the second season of The Witcher?