Fans of the upcoming The Witcher adaptation from Netflix have been receiving a steady wave of looks at the series, from key art and images to a teaser that had them feeling (cautiously) optimistic for Henry Cavill's (Justice League) turn as Geralt. Then the trailer hit (more on that below), and suddenly fans found themselves anxiously counting the days down until The Witcher hits the streaming service, on December 20th.
Now that we've hot the one-month-away mark, the folks at Netflix have released the official poster for the series (followed by the playfully-worded tweet revealing the image):
Try as they might to stray from the course,
they can't escape destiny; it's such a great force.
That's not a spoiler, it's straight from the source!
Also not pictured, the bard and a horse. pic.twitter.com/4TlOJdZIhp
— The Witcher (@witchernetflix) November 20, 2019
Netflix has given a greenlight for a second season of the adaptation, with Cavill, Anya Chalotra, and Freya Allan set to return. The 8-episode second season begins production in London in early 2020, with a season debut projected for 2021.
To mark the occassion, Cavill took to Instagram on Thursday to celebrate the news with a new image of Geralt – a favorite from his first-season personal collection:
In mid November, fans are getting a new look at Cholatra's sorceress Yennefer – thanks to the folks at the streaming service's NX Twitter account (with images following):
— NX (@NXOnNetflix) November 12, 2019
Based on the best-selling series of fantasy novels, The Witcher tells an epic tale of fate and family. Geralt of Rivia (Henry Cavill), a solitary monster hunter, struggles to find his place in a world where people often prove more wicked than beasts. But when destiny hurtles him toward Yennefer (Anya Cholatra), a powerful sorceress, and Ciri (Freya Allan), a young princess with a dangerous secret, the three must learn to navigate the increasingly volatile Continent together.
The Witcher stars Henry Cavill (Justice League) as Geralt, Anya Cholatra (The ABC Murders) as Yennefer, Freya Allan (Into the Badlands) as Ciri, Jodhi May (Game of Thrones) as Calanthe, Björn Hlynur Haraldsson (Fortitude) as Eist, Adam Levy (Knightfall) as Mousesack, MyAnna Buring (Ripper Street) as Tissaia, Mimi Ndiweni (Black Earth Rising) as Fringilla, Therica Wilson-Read (Profile) as Sabrina, and Emma Appleton (The End of the F**king World) as Renfri.
In addition, The Witcher cast includes Eamon Farren (The ABC Murders) as Cahir, Joey Batey (Knightfall) as Jaskier, Lars Mikkelsen (House of Cards) as Stregobor, Royce Pierreson (Wanderlust) as Istredd, Maciej Musiał (1983) as Sir Lazlo, Wilson Radjou-Pujalte as Dara, and Anna Shaffer as Triss.
Back in July, Netflix gave fans what they were asking for with a first-look at equine hero Roach:
As well as the tweet from Netflix's NX account, where they jokingly "confess" to finally giving in to fan demands:
— NX (@NXOnNetflix) July 16, 2019
Created by Lauren Schmidt Hissrich and based on the book series of the same name by Andrzej Sapkowski, the upcoming fantasy series features Cavill's Geralt wielding some serious steel of his own as he struggles to survive and find his place in a world where the monsters he hunts can be far less dangerous than the people around him.
Here's a look at the initial key art for The Witcher – as well as at Cavill's Geralt, Cholatra's Yennefer, and Allan's Ciri: