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The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

The Witcher TV series has cast Ciri and Yennefer

Showrunner Lauren S. Hissrich has spoken about the choices.

  • Text: Sam Bishop

We've heard a lot of noise about the upcoming TV series of The Witcher, and now The Hollywood Reporter has brought us even more news, which has to do with the casting of major characters that fans will recognise from the books and games.

Freya Allan and Anya Chalotra will play the roles of Ciri and Yennefer, which is perhaps the biggest news of the entire reveal, and showrunner Lauren S. Hissrich spoke to The Hollywood Reporter about past controversies regarding the casting, saying:

"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. I think that's just part of making a television show, and especially a show this big. In terms of why people responded so strongly, I think the fans really have pictures of these characters in their minds and I don't blame them for that. I get it. When I read my favorite books I certainly imagine characters a certain way."

"There's obviously a couple lines of description of Ciri in the books and people become very enamored with their own vision of it. I think coming in as a writer and saying my vision might look different than yours is scary for fans, but truthfully I don't think it has to be. 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."

The rest of the cast can be seen down below, but what do you make of the choices so far?

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt