The Witcher is a Netflix-produced Dark Fantasy series adapted from Andrzej Sapkowski's book series, The Witcher, with Netflix regular Lauren Hissrich as showrunner. It will be released on the streaming service on December 20, 2019.
Geralt of Rivia (Henry Cavill), a solitary monster hunter called a "witcher", struggles to find his place in a world where people often prove more wicked than beasts. But when destiny hurtles him toward a powerful sorceress and a young princess with a dangerous secret, the three must learn to navigate an increasingly volatile continent together.
The cast includes Freya Allan as Princess Ciri, Anya Chalotra as Yennefer of Vengerberg, Jodhi May as Queen Calanthe, Björn Hlynur Haraldsson as King Eist, Adam Levy as Mousesack, MyAnna Buring as Tissaia, Mimi Ndiweni as Fringilla and Lars Mikkelsen as Stregobor.
This series provides examples of the following tropes:
- Giant Spider: The monster Geralt confronts at the end of the first trailer is a giant spider coming out of a muddy swamp.
- Hunter of Monsters: As mentioned in the first trailer, Geralt hunts monsters for money.
- Only in It for the Money: In the first trailer, when Triss asks about all there is to him — "monsters and money" — Geralt answers "It's all it needs to be."
- Race Lift: Yennefer de Vengerberg is white originally. She's portrayed by the half-Indian half-British Anya Chalotra.
- Reverse Grip: Geralt is shown in both trailers fighting with his sword this way during a fight in a town, likely the incident in Blaviken.
- Shirtless Scene: Geralt only wears a strip of cloth on his chest at one point in the first trailer, which lets see how jacked he is. He also has another when taking a bath in the second trailer.
- Volcanic Veins: Yennefer's hands darken and start to heat as she's about to use her power in the first trailer.
- You Can't Fight Fate: Invoked with that quote from the first trailer:"You can't outrun destiny just because you're terrified of it. It's coming!"