Last month rumors spread that Ciri would be cast as a BAME (black, Asian and minority ethnic) actress for the upcoming "The Witcher" TV series on Netflix - the results were ugly, leading to widespread fan outcry and the show's writer leaving Twitter.
Today, we found out who would actually be playing Ciri and other key characters for "The Witcher" TV show.
As you can see from the picture above (courtesy of this Reddit post), they've cast many important characters to the story - although the actors for key figures like Dandelion and Triss Merigold are still unknown. Let's go through who is playing who.
Henry Cavill will be the lead, playing Geralt of Rivia. Cavill is known for his role as Superman. Ciri's actress is Freya Allan - her acting career started a year ago, and has appeared in AMC's Into the Badlands and the upcoming mini-series The War of the Worlds. The last main lead is Anya Chalotra as Yennefer of Vengerberg, sorceress and--going by the books--true love to Geralt. Anya Chalotra is known for her role as Jennifer Ashman in the show Wanderlust.
That's the big three. Since the TV series is going to be based on the books first and foremost, we can expect these three actors to have the most time on screen since they played the biggest parts in the books.
Jodhi May will play as Ciri's grandmother, Calanthe. Bjorn Hlynur Haraldsson plays Eist Tuirseach - he plays a role in the books, but those who haven't read them might be familiar with his nephew Crach an Craite. Adam Levy portrays another Skellige Islander, Myszowor (known as Mousesack in English translations), who appeared in both the books and The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.
Three Sorceresses were cast who will play varying roles - Tissaia de Vries, Fringilla Vigo, and Sabrina Glevissig. The latter two appeared in Witcher games before - Fringilla in The Witcher 3 and Sabrina in Gwent.
Last but not least, the casting of Millie Brady as Renfri indicates that we'll see how Geralt gets the moniker "The Butcher of Blaviken" as Renfri is a key figure in that short story.
There's bound to be more to come, including the aforementioned casting of Triss and Dandelion, but for now we can gauge what kind of stories to expect in the TV show, and put faces to the names.
Quick TakeCiri is not in fact a BAME actress, and many people will be left feeling like fools for the outcry. Anyways, I'm excited about this cast. I'm only familiar with Henry Cavill (which I still think is a great choice for Geralt) and I think that it was the right choice to go with lesser known actors and actresses for the show. Also, the Ciri actress looks like she can pull the role really well once you give her that iconic ashen hair.
Are you happy with these casting choices? Are you going to watch the show when it airs? Let us know in the comments below!