“You can’t outrun destiny just because you’re terrified of it. It’s coming.” Netflix have unveiled the first official trailer for “The Witcher” series, starring Henry Cavill. At the San Diego Comic-Con panel Friday afternoon, a presentation and discussion rolled out as the fantasy action drama reveals more behind-the-scenes talk and excitement. Stars Henry Cavill, Anya Chalotra and Freya Allan were present at Hall H. The series is an adaptation of short story novels by author Andrzej Sapkowski. The stories were also translated into popular role-playing video games from CD Projekt Red where players can see Geralt (Cavill) battle with swords against both humans and beasts among the Nilfgaard Empire and Northern Kingdoms.
Based on the best-selling fantasy series of books, 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.
Cast and crew on “The Witcher” at the SDCC panel:
“I would call it an addition to the books. We honor the books but we got to give the characters a little more breathing room,” Hissrich said of her adaptation of the novels.
“I’m a big gamer. I’ve played the games a lot,” Cavill said of what attracted him to the role. “There was something about Gerald that struck a chord with me. He’s not your average hero. He’s a hard exterior, real-world type person and at the same time, deep down, he’s a real hero.”
Cavill also revealed that he did his own stunts for the series. “It’s very important for me that you know it’s Geralt and it’s not some guy doing Geralt stuff but it’s me in there,” he told the Hall H crowd before tossing to a clip of Geralt cutting through a throng of armored soldiers in a throne room.
First look character images were released at the top of the month and fans of the stories, the video games and even Cavill, now have a taste for what’s to come. The first season will run for eight episodes, headed by Hissrich (“The Umbrella Academy,” “Daredevil”), who writes two of the episodes. The trailer shows enough to appetize the palette for more violent mythical fiction where even a gargantuan spider arises from the waters. “The Witcher” is set to hit the streaming platform near winter.