THE WITCHER: a preview

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THE WITCHER

a preview

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The Witcher is an upcoming fantasy/drama/sword & sorcery television series for Netflix. It is based upon the book series (novel and short stories) by Andrzej Sapkowski.

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The Witcher has previously been adapted into comic books, video games, a feature film The Hexer (2001) and a TV series The Hexer (2002) based on the film. Both The Hexer film and TV series were Polish. Now Netflix is giving us an English-speaking version.

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The Witcher tells the story of Geralt of Riva. He is a monster hunter (called Witchers) striving to find a place in a world where people are more savage than monsters. Although he doesn’t believe in destiny, destiny believes in him and sets him on a path with Yennefer of Vengerberg – a powerful sorceress, and Ciri – a young princess with a deadly secret. Together the three of them learn to traverse an increasingly more dangerous Continent and in the process become a family.

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cast

Henry Cavill as Geralt of Rivia

Freya Allan as Princess Ciri

Anya Chalotra as Yennefer of Vengerberg

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I will freely admit that I am almost totally unfamiliar with these characters and this series. Before seeing the trailer I had never heard of The Witcher in any of its forms. Now that I have done some research I am totally excited about this series and cannot wait to binge watch it. Hey! It’s on Netflix. Binge watching is what Netflix is for. Get with the program.

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Henry Cavill plays Geralt with long white hair. Kind of makes you wonder what he might have been like as Thor instead of Superman. He appears to be as moody and as brooding and as violent as you expect a hero to be in a fantasy drama. He is also as gorgeous as ever so ladies try not to swoon. Do I really need to list his filmography? Let’s just say a short list includes Man of Steel, The Justice League, and The Man From U.N.C.L.E.

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The rest of the cast appears to be made up of relative unknowns at least unknown compared to Henry Cavill. Freya Allan’s credits include The Third Day (2019) and Gunpowder Milkshake (2020). Anya Chalotra’s credits include Wanderlust (2018) and The ABC Murders (2018).

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The entire cast has a somewhat strange and often startling look about them. In fact the entire production has a mesmerizing quality about it. It looks as if no expense has been spared to give us a quality production. Let’s hope that is true. 

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The series is set to be released on December 20, 2019.

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