It's finally happening, someone hold my swords.
The acclaimed fantasy epic, The Witcher, is finally getting its very own Game of Thrones-esque Netflix series. The series spans across the 13 books, which also spawned 3 games, the last of which, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, sits as one of the best-rated games ever made.
With such rich source material, what could possibly go wrong?
Well, like all good fantasy universes, #TheWitcher has a wide array of well-written, deeply complex characters and factions. There's love and pain, life and death, and a gritty realization of a world where monsters and people are sometimes one and the same. It's a masterpiece of storytelling, and it deserves to be delivered as such when it finally arrives on Netflix.
Therefore, it's important that the casting choices for the live-action Witcher TV series get it right to please fans. A talented team of actors and actresses is essential if Netflix want to satisfy the demands of The Witcher's fans (who, like me, have undoubtedly waited years for this moment). But who could make the cut, and grab a role in The Witcher's live-action Netflix epic?
It's important that the casting is done right. And, well, on-budget — which puts most of these picks out of reach considering Netflix's typical aversion to A-lister talent in recent series.
But, just for kicks: let's assume this property will have all the money in the world and dream up a dream casting, shall we?
Geralt of Rivia - Mads Mikkelsen
First up, we have the titular Witcher himself, Geralt of Rivia. This dry-humored, sharp-witted, strong-jawed monster hunter has captivated fans across the world, especially those who've spent hundreds of hours playing through his adventures in CD Projekt Red's Witcher game series.
With the help of his two signature swords (steel for humans, silver for monsters), Geralt hunts the foul creatures infesting the Northern Realms. After his years of training at the Witcher school, Kaer Morhen, Geralt is a master of combat and can use his signs (sorta like magical sign language — he shoots fire from his hand, ok?) to defeat his foes. He's genetically modified to be stronger, faster, and smarter than a regular human, and his piercing yellow eyes strike fear into those unlucky enough to get on his bad side.
But who could play such an imposing hero? Well, none other than Mads Mikkelsen of course! After his stellar performances in the Hannibal TV series, and most recently in the critically-acclaimed Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Mads Mikkelsen would undoubtedly be perfect for the role of Geralt of Rivia. His gritty performances, combined with his intellectual wit, would definitely make him a great choice to wield the trademark twin swords.
Plus, along with his record of appearing in blockbuster TV series and movies, and his upcoming appearance in Hideo Kojima's mysterious new game, Death Stranding, his experience and credentials are undeniably impressive. Therefore, he'd certainly fit the part of the Butcher of Blaviken himself, Geralt of Rivia.
Back-up choice - Nikolaj Coster-Waldeau
After his stellar performance as Jamie Lannister in the hugely popular #GameofThrones, it would be insane to pass-over the high-budget Nikolaj Coster-Waldeau for a possible role as Geralt of Rivia. With some hair dye and some make-up, he'd even look just like the infamous Witcher!
His experience acting in Game of Thrones would make him well-suited for another big TV adaptation. His experience is only topped by that of Mads Mikkelsen, hence why he makes the 2nd choice slot on this list.
Yennefer of Vengerberg - Eva Green
Another crucial casting for The Witcher's Netflix adaptation will be that of the violet-eyed sorceress, Yennefer of Vengerberg. This fiery character is one of Geralt's main love interests, and is one of the only characters in The Witcher's universe who can boss the fierce monster hunter around.
A great choice for this role would be Eva Green. She certainly has the experience for the part, after acting in huge films like Casino Royale. Recently she also starred in Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children, and it's undeniable that her posh British accent is perfect for the role of Yennefer. Whether she'd be interested in the role is another story, as her roles are normally in huge films. But, if she could be convinced to jump into the intimidating shoes of Yennefer of Vengerberg, then she would undoubtedly be an amazing fit.
Back-up choice - Kate Beckinsale
With her long career, Kate Beckinsale would certainly be qualified for the role of Yennefer. After starring in the Underworld movie series, as well as appearing alongside Hugh Jackman in 2004's Van Helsing, she has good experience when it comes to playing roles in universes packed with supernatural content. This would be essential in a Netflix adaptation of The Witcher, as Andrzej Sapkowski's fantasy world is packed with magic, monsters, and mayhem.
Also, she actually looks a lot like Yennefer, and with some violet contact lenses she'd be a perfect fit. It'd be a close call between Eva Green and Kate Beckinsale for sure, but there's no doubt that both would be perfect for the role.
Triss Merrigold - Amy Adams
Triss Merigold is another powerful sorceress in the world of The Witcher, and forms the last piece of the tricky love triangle that Geralt finds himself in throughout the series. This fire sorceress is exactly that, fiery, and casting her perfectly would require someone who can deliver the ferocity that her character deserves. That person, in this dream cast, is Amy Adams.
Amy Adams has enjoyed a wildly successful career as an actress, starring in huge movies such as Man of Steel, Batman Vs Superman, and most recently, sci-fi epic Arrival.
However, with her commitments to filming huge movies like the upcoming #JusticeLeague, it's unlikely that she would have the time to film The Witcher's Netflix series. But, we can always hope...
Back-up choice - Rose Leslie
A much more likely choice to play the redheaded badass would be Rose Leslie, made famous for her starring role as Ygritte in HBO's Game of Thrones. Her incredible performance showcased her acting talent, and she'd likely be easier to cast for the role than the likes of Amy Adams.
Also, she really resembles Triss Merigold already, and her experience of acting in another fantasy universe would certainly come in handy. As long as she could convincingly pull off Triss' voice, she'd definitely be a great fit!
Ciri - Emma Watson
Ciri is certainly a difficult role to cast. As an integral part of The Witcher's story, Ciri's casting would be of crucial importance, and would deserve a very high calibre of actress to truly do her character justice. And the right person for the job would be none other than everybody's favorite witch, Emma Watson!
After a starring role as Hermione Granger in the global phenomenon, Harry Potter, Emma Watson cemented herself as a star for the future. Most recently, she starred as Belle in Disney's live action adaptation of their classic movie, Beauty and the Beast, and she did a wonderful job of capturing the spirit of the role.
It's pretty much undeniable that she'd be perfect for the role of Ciri. She's around the right age, she's got the accent, and her acting credentials speak for themselves. However, getting someone so talented to fill the role would certainly be a challenge, as her schedule is probably pretty full.
Back-up choice - Emilia Clarke
Another fantastic choice for the role of Ciri would be Emilia Clarke, known best for her role on Game of Thrones as Daenarys Targaryen, Mother of Dragons. She's a talented actress who looks similar to Ciri, and she also has the accent to go with the role.
Her role as Daenarys displays her ability to act as a ferocious and confident character, which would match the part of Ciri perfectly. Furthermore, she'd most likely be easier to cast than Emma Watson, as Game of Thrones will be coming to an end in just a couple of seasons, and you never quite know which character they'll kill off next...
Leave It To The Professionals
There's no doubt that the Netflix adaptation of The Witcher is going to be epic. Currently, fans of the series all over the world are rejoicing at the news that they'll finally get to see Geralt spilling the blood and guts of monsters on their TV's at home, and that maybe they'll get a better glimpse into the stunning Witcher universe.
But, if Netflix want the show to succeed, they have to think carefully about who they cast for all of these roles, because each character is equally important in the infinitely intertwined, endlessly imaginative universe of The Witcher.
Personally, my money's on Nicolas Cage as Geralt...
Which other actors or actresses do you think should be considered for roles in the Netflix adaptation of The Witcher? Let us know in the comments!
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