Netflix releases The Witcher TV show trailer, teasing the upcoming adaptation starring Henry Cavill as Geralt of Rivia set to premiere this year. Considering the popularity of the games, a TV or movie adaptation of The Witcher seemed inevitable. However, the upcoming Netflix series pulls from the video games' source material, Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski's The Witcher book series, rather than the games themselves. Netflix's adaptation took a major, high-profile step forward last year when The Witcher cast Cavill in the lead role of Geralt as Rivia.
Since then, showrunner Lauren Schmidt Hissrich, Cavill and the rest of the cast have been working on getting the TV show ready to premiere in late 2019. Earlier this month, Netflix unveiled The Witcher first look images at the same time as confirming the show would get its own Hall H panel at San Diego Comic-Con 2019. In addition to new photos of Cavill as Geralt, the images included first official looks at Freya Allan as Princess Ciri and Anya Chalotra as Yennefer of Vengerberg. Now, Netflix has used the huge platform of Comic-Con's Hall H to launch the first trailer for The Witcher.
During the show's panel, Netflix released The Witcher TV show trailer, confirming when season 1 premieres on the streaming service. The teaser features the first footage officially released by Netflix for The Witcher, though set videos and photos surfaced while the cast and crew were filming over the past year. Check out The Witcher trailer below.
Netflix's The Witcher season 1 wrapped earlier this year in May, though it no doubt took some time in post-production for Hissirch to put together this trailer. Still, fans are undoubtedly excited to get their eyes on the first footage from the upcoming TV show - no matter their response to the footage itself. Certainly, there's been a mix between skepticism and excitement for The Witcher series, largely surrounding Cavill in the role of Geralt, not to mention some confusion about whether it adapts the games or the original books.
However, it so far looks like The Witcher is set to be a faithful book adaptation, which should no doubt please fans of the original novels by Sapkowski, though it remains to be seen whether the game fans will be won over. If Hissrich, Cavill and Netflix have put together an epic fantasy TV show that can capture the attention of both fans and newcomers, they may have a massive hit on their hands. And with networks and streaming services alike trying to fill the void left by the recently concluded Game of Thrones, The Witcher is making its move - both into the realm of high-concept fantasy dramas and Comic-Con's Hall H - with this first trailer.
The Witcher doesn't have a premiere date yet, but is expected to begin streaming on Netflix in late 2019.