In another demonstration of Netflix expanding one of its most popular universes, a trailer has been officially released for the first Witcher movie.
While a Witcher movie may sound exciting to fans of Henry Cavill’s take on the popular video game character Geralt of Rivia, it’s worth mentioning up top that this is an animated accompaniment to the live-action adaptation. Furthermore, given that it is a prequel story, it’s unlikely that Geralt will rear his gorgeous white head of hair.
According to the trailer, the first animated Witcher movie, titled The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf, will tell the storied origin tale of Geralt’s mentor, Vessemir. The character will be played in The Witcher season 2 of the live-action version by Kim Bodnia, but the animated flick brings in the voice talents of Divergent and Castlevania star Theo James.
Gizmodo reports that the Witcher movie will follow Vesemir in his youth as a roguish young warrior who takes up the Witcher profession in order to use his fighting talents to slay monsters for money. The trailer sees him cockily chopping his way through a myriad of beasts while cracking wise the entire time. However, when a strange new monster (very, very likely a wolf beast) begins terrorizing a “politically fraught kingdom,” Vesemir finds himself not only taking on a new adventure and foe but the demons of his past as well.
Per the trailer, the Witcher movie will debut on Aug. 28, 2021, ahead of the season two premiere of the flagship series for Netflix, which premieres on Dec. 17, 2021.
The Witcher movie is the first of two planned prequel projects to accompany the show. The other stars Michelle Yeoh and Laurence O’Fuarain in The Witcher: Blood Origin a story set way before the days of both Geralt and Vesemir. The six-part limited series will instead deal with the origin of the Witchers and how they came to be the ultimate protectors of the land. As a result, it’s doubtful that the show will have too much connective tissue to the original series or this new animated movie.
However, given that the Witcher movie is the first spinoff of the show to debut, it’s unclear how much of a lantern Netflix plans to hang on the connectedness of this world.
In addition to James, Polygon notes the Witcher movie also stars Lara Pulver from Sherlock as Tetra, Graham McTavish from The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey as Deglan and Mary McDonnell of Battlestar Galactica fame voicing Lady Zerbst.
As The Verge reports, the Witcher movie features animation from Korean animation house Studio Mir, which Netflix anime fans may recognize as the people behind projects like Dota: Dragon’s Blood, Voltron: Legendary Defender, and The Legend of Korra. Once again, they’re clearly aware of the fan-beloved property they have on their hands given that The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf trailer includes a subtle wink to the TV show’s infamous bathtub meme, which has its origins firmly planted in the video game, showing a nude Henry Cavill. Only this time it features Vesemir instead of Geralt having a lavish soak after a day of monster-bashing. Only time will tell if it will live in the same regard online as Cavill’s live-action soak.