The Witcher (TV Series)

The Witcher (TV Series)

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The Witcher is an upcoming fantasy television series set to be released on Netflix in late 2019. The show is based on a series of novels written by Andrzej Sapkowski, which also inspired a video game series of the same name.


On May 17th, 2017, The Telegraph[1] reported that Netflix was producing a series based on Sapkowski's The Witcher novels. On September 4th, 2018, actor Henry Cavill uploaded a post to Instagram[2] revealing he would be playing the protagonist Geralt of Rivia in the upcoming series (shown below).

henrycavill 7.6m followers View Profile Who's watching Netdi? + Make Netflix Yours! Add profles soesch person can get aggelonss based on what thoy No etra ees Geralt of Rivia Add Profle View More on Instagram 382,079 likes henrycavill My new mailing address is: Geralt C/O Vesemir Kaer Morhen Kaer Morhen Valley Hertch Kaedwen Please note, I'm rarely there. Monster slaying being what it is. So, replies will be few and far between, if at all. @Netflix


On July 19th, 2019, the first trailer for the upcoming series was released that the 2019 San Diego Comic-Con (shown below).

That day, the trailer reached the front page of the /r/witcher,[5] /r/television[6] and /r/videos[7] subreddits. Meanwhile, Redditor Scientiam submitted a discussion thread for the trailer to /r/witcher.[4] On July 20th, Ebaum's World[3] published a collection of the memes in an article titled "Fans are Roasting Netflix After The Official Witcher Trailer."


Ciri Casting Controversy

On September 7th, ResetEra[8] member Potterson submitted a thread titled "Ciri in Netflix Witcher series probably won't be white," noting that the ad[9] specified it was looking for a “Black, Asian, and other non-white minority ethnic" actress. The following day, Redditor fabaresv posted a screenshot of a tweet posted by the series screenwriter Lauren S. Hissrich from early May 2018, when she claimed she would not change characters "ethnic makeup or gender" because she was "feeling really liberal" (shown below).

Lauren S. Hissrich· @LHissrich Follow Replying to @LHissrich @Megalello 1234 Will I move through the book and start changing people's cultural heritage or ethnic makeup or gender because I'm feeling really "liberal" that day? No. That's ridiculous and contrary to what ANY writer would do, because we are storytellers. Story comes first. 9:23 AM-11 May 2018

Meanwhile, a megathread related to the controversy reached the front page of /r/witcher.[10] On September 10th, Hissrich tweeted that she would be taking a "Twitter hiatus" (shown below).[11]

Lauren S. Hissrich @LHissrich It's time for a Twitter hiatus. The love here is amazing, and the hate is enlightening, like a real-life Trial of the Grasses, except l HAVE to read less and write more - or we won't have a damn finale. Be back soon with more insight and more Roach. Be nice to each other, okay? 3:03 PM - Sep 10, 2018 2,360 533 people are talking about this

Henry Cavill Screen Test

On October 31st, Netflix unveiled a screen test of Henry Cavill as Geralt (shown below).

Fans reacted to the teaser by making comparisons to similar-looking pop-culture characters, such as Legolas from Lord of the Rings and Lucius Malfoy from Harry Potter (shown below).

Pierre Le Goupil @SireGoupil Follow Replying to @netflix GIF 11:35 AM-31 Oct 2018 WONDERSAW ANTIFASCIST @SawStackhouse Follow Replying to @netflix

Others reacted with jokes to the news. Twitter user @IanFortey tweeted a joke referencing the actor's deleted mustache from Justice League (shown below, left). User @JNapierr made a Be Careful Who You Call Ugly In Middle School joke (shown below, right). Jokes were covered by Daily Dot.[11]

Count lanula @lanFortey Follow I can't believe the studio did this to Henry Cavill AGAIN! Here's the undoctored photo of him in The Witcher. 2:28 PM-31 Oct 2018 RED DEAD JNAPIER Follow @JNapierrr be careful who you make fun of in witcher school It

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