Now we only know who is behind two crucial figures in The Wizard T.V. series. Netflix has confirmed to the actors that they will give life to Ciri and Yennefer in their new epic fantasy.
Revealed through a new interview with the Hollywood Reporter, host Lauren Schmidt Hissrich told Freya Allan (In the badlands) and Anya Chalotra (Travelling passion) will join Geralt of Rivia of Henry Cavill, as Ciri and Yennefer of Vengerberg, respectively. After the casting calls for Ciri indicated that the character could be played by a minority actress, there was a backlash from part of Sorcerer Fans that take Hissrich away from social networks. But according to the showrunner, it did not affect the extensive launch process of the series:
It comes down to a couple of things. One, this property has such a passionate fan base. I think any escape at all was going to attract this kind of attention, and with any attention comes a violent reaction to that attention. I think that whatever the information that is leaking, there will be people who respond positively and people who respond negatively. I think that's just part of making a television show, and especially such a big show. As for why people responded so strongly, I think that fans really have images of these characters in their minds and I do not blame them for that. I get it. When I read my favorite books, I certainly imagine the characters in a certain way. Obviously there are a couple of lines of description of Ciri in the books and people fall in love with their own vision of it. I think entering as a writer and saying that my vision may seem different from yours scares the fans, but the truth is that I do not think it has to be that way. One of the things that worries me most is that people fear that we will eliminate the cultural context of The WizardTo eliminate their Slovak roots, the people of Poland are proud. That could not be further from the truth. What I've always wanted to do is take these Slovak stories and give them a global audience.
Although the Netflix series is directly inspired by Andrzej Sapkowski's fantasy novels instead of the popular CD video game Projekt Red, Ciri and Yennefer are well-known characters for the fans of the game. Ciri played an important role in the widely praised Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, as a pupil of Geralt and princess of the Kingdom of Cintra, while Yennefer, a powerful sorceress, is one of the main love interests of Geralt in the games, as it will be in the television series.
The news also comes with more casting confirmations. Jodhi May will play Queen Calanthe of Cintra, while Björn Hlynur Haraldsson will play her husband, Eist. Adam Levy will play Mousesack the Druid; MyAnna Buring, the head of a magical academy called Tissaia (with Mimi Ndiweni and Therica Wilson-Read as two apprentices of sorcerers, Fringilla and Sabrina); and, finally, Millie Brady will play an exiled princess, Renfri.
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