Netflix has today announced a more complete cast for their upcoming Witcher series. Joining Henry Cavill, announced as the lead back in early September, Freya Allan will play Ciri and Anya Chalotra will play Yennefer. Speaking with the Hollywood Reporter, showrunner Lauren Schmidt Hissrich spoke about the casting choices saying, “we’re looking for the best actors for these roles. Period. End of story.”
Also announced as cast member were Jodhi May (Queen Calanthe), Bjorn Hlynur Haraldsson (Eist), Adam Levy (Mousesack), MyAnna Buring (Tissai), Mimi Ndiweni and Therica Wilson-Read (Novice Sorcerers), and Millie Brady (Princess Renfri). Hissrich noted the casting process was particularly intense, beginning after the hiring of a casting director back in June. Over 200 women from across Europe auditioned for the role of Ciri, but it was Allan – who initially read for another role – that was selected.
The series, which draws from the original books and less so the popular CD Projekt Red game series, is soon to enter production, aiming for a 2019 debut on Netflix.