The Female Leads Have Been Chosen for the Netflix 'The Witcher' Series

Posted by cageymaru 12:40 PM (CDT)

Wednesday October 10, 2018

Freya Allan and Anya Chalotra have been cast to play Ciri and Yennefer opposite Henry Cavill as Geralt of Rivia in the upcoming The Witcher series on Netflix. Freya Allan has previously starred in (The War of the Worlds, Into the Badlands) and Anya Chalotra acted in (The ABC Murders, Wanderlust). Lauren Schmidt Hissrich is one of the executive producers of the series and conducted an interview with The Hollywood Reporter on how she made the choices to hire people for the positions, fan reaction to the choices, her love for the books, games, and more.

The role of Ciri specifically caused a bit of backlash last month. Why do you think certain fans reacted that way?
It boils down to a couple things. One, this property has such a passionate fan base. I think any leak at all was going to attract this type of attention, and with any attention comes backlash to that attention. I do think that whatever information is trickling out there, there will be people responding positively to it and people responding negatively to it. One of the things I feel most strongly about is people being afraid that we're going to strip out the cultural context of The Witcher, to remove its Slavic roots, the very thing people in Poland are proud of. That couldn't be further from the truth. What I've always wanted to do is take these Slavic stories and give them a global audience.