Netflix has released new images from The Witcher TV show, and confirmed plans for the show's panel at San Diego Comic-Con 2019. The series is based on Andrzej Sapkowski's fantasy novels and follow Geralt of Rivia (Henry Cavill), a lone monster hunter on the Continent whose destiny becomes entangled with that of Princess Ciri (Freya Allan) and Yennefer of Vengerberg (Anya Chalotra), a powerful sorceress.
SDCC 2019 will take place from Thursday, July 18 to Sunday, July 21 later this month, and feature panels for a number of upcoming genre TV shows. Netflix announced today that its panel for The Witcher will take place in Hall H at 2:15 p.m on Friday, July 19. The series' panel will be hosted by Yvette Nicole Brown (Community, Mom) and include cast members Allan, Cavill, and Chalotra as guests, along with showrunner Lauren Schmidt Hissrich. Ahead of then, Netflix has unveiled first-look images for the actor's characters on the fantasy series - though, fans previously got a sneak peek of Cavill as Geralt when test footage was released last fall.
In addition to first-look photos of Ciri and Yennefer, Netflix has unveiled additional images of Geralt on the show, along with The Witcher's official poster. You can check them out in the gallery below.
The Witcher franchise is perhaps best known for CD Projekt Red and Atari's video game adaptations, but it appears that the Netflix show will draw from Sapkowski's novels more than the games. Hissrich's series features a pretty massive cast that includes 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, among others. The first season will reportedly span eight episodes, and could ultimately wind up being the first of many.
Between its sprawling ensemble and visually striking, yet dangerous and violent, fantasy setting, it's fair to assume that Netflix sees The Witcher as a show that could potentially fill the hole left by HBO's recently-ended Game of Thrones. It's far from the only widely-known genre property that Netflix has acquired of late; just this weekend, in fact, the company ordered a big-budget adaptation of Neil Gaiman's The Sandman comic books. They also have the prequel series The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance scheduled to premiere in August and are bringing it to SDCC to present alongside The Witcher. Suffice it to say, it will be interesting to see if one or more of these fantasy series end up becoming the hit that Netflix is clearly hoping for.
The Witcher is expected to premiere on Netflix later this year.