Netflix’s The Witcher main trailer for the upcoming live-action series came out on Halloween and it focuses on the main character – Geralt of Rivia. The story and the character first rose to fame with the books written by Andrzej Sapkowski, a Polish fantasy writer, and then with The Witcher video game series developed by CD Projekt Red, also based in Poland. Now, the latest adaptation of the work will be presented by Netflix, but this is not at all the first time Geralt steps on the silver screen…
After the initial success of his first short story titled “Wiedźmin” meaning The Witcher, but also “The Hexer” and “Spellmaker”, which Andrzej Sapkowski wrote for a fantasy story competition on a whim as he says, he started working on the series which was eventually translated into 20 languages and achieved huge critical and commercial success worldwide. Mr. Sapkowski is now seventy-one and he is also known for The Hussite Trilogy.
The Witcher bibliography:
- The Last Wish (1993)
- Sword of Destiny (1992)
- Blood of Elves (1994)
- Time of Contempt (1995)
- Baptism of Fire (1996)
- The Tower of the Swallow (1997)
- The Lady of the Lake (1999)
- Season of Storms (2013)
Such acclaim of The Witcher series naturally inspired many other projects, and soon there was a graphic novel, a Polish TV series titled The Hexer, and a live-action movie also titled The Hexer, released in 2001, directed by Marek Brodzki and starring Michał Żebrowski as Geralt. Then, a relatively young Polish video game developer and publisher, CD Projekt Red, adapted the book series into a video game trilogy and the rest is, as they say, history.
Now, after the story has rose to such heights, Netflix decided to invest into a high-budget fantasy drama web TV series, starring Henri Cavil (Man of Steel, Batman v Superman), created by Lauren Schmidt Hissrich ( Marvel’s Daredevil, The Umbrella Academy, Justice, The West Wing), and released on December 20, 2019. As the date approaches and we crunch our fingernails, this latest trailer teases the plot and features our main character.
The Witcher main trailer from Netflix begins with Geralt being called a ‘mutant, created by magic and roaming the world hunting monsters for a price” sort of a bounty monster hunter. The fans of the books and the video games will also recognize many of the characters, symbols, places, and scenes in this trailer, like the famous one where Geralt takes a bath. Throughout the trailer, Geralt, narrated by Henri Cavil, breaks it to us in a not so subtle way:
“Evil is evil… Lesser… Greater… Middling. It’s all the same.”
However, as those who are familiar with the works of Andrzej Sapkowski know, his life is not that simple, as Geralt quickly gets drawn into a game that involves powerful figures from the world and dangers he has not faced yet, with much more at stake than money or his own skin. The countdown to the premiere begins, as we have 49 days of waiting left, starting today.