The Witcher: the Witcher universe just got a tad bigger with the announcement of an animated movie. What awesome adventures will we find Geralt in this feature? And will Henry Cavile reprise his role for this? Let's find out
This article was recently reviewed and is up to date as of January 4th, 2021.
Let your Witcher imagination run wild as streaming giant Netflix has just announced a brand-new anime film titled The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf. This is excellent news considering how well another anime series from Netflix, Castlevania, in its two seasons have been received. It’s a treat that both Witcher and anime fans can appreciate.
The timing is quite convenient given that we've already witnessed the amazing debut of the live-action television series in December 2019. But it seems as though global streamer Netflix is an even bigger fan of the series than we would've imagined, and that only makes countless other fans of the book and videogame series extremely happy.
Let's go through everything we know about the film, from the crew that's involved in its making to the cast members, the plot, as well as the release date (if there's any), right here and now.
Netflix made the announcement for The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf a day after the streaming giant announced the best viewing results for the first season of an original television series, accumulating over 76 million views, which is according to Netflix's new metric.
The Witcher anime film is being captained by the live-action showrunner Lauren Schmidt Hissrich and Beau DeMayo, with animation being handled by the Korean animation studio, Studio Mir, the one that did The Legend of Korra, The Death of Superman and Voltron: Legendary Defender, which is a Netflix original animated series itself.
Hissrich made the announcement on her official Twitter channel, where she has been keeping it a secret for over a year:
Netflix even officially confirmed the following:
“The rumors are true, a new Witcher story is in the works! The anime film, The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf, will take us back to a new threat facing the Continent. Brought to you by the Witcher team @LHissrich and @BeauDeMayo, and Studio Mir, the studio behind Legend of Korra.”
Right now, all we have is confirmation that the animated film is being developed at Netflix. Therefore, there is no official plot for the film as of yet.
At best, the only thing we got out from the announcement was a tiny tagline which reads:
"The world of The Witcher expands in this anime film that explores a powerful new threat facing The Continent."
If we can get a similar product like that of Castlevania, then we can obviously expect great things in the movie.
However, Geralt is known by his monitor as "the White Wolf," ultimately hinting that he is indeed the Wolf in the title of the film. And with the word 'Nightmare' also in the title, we can assume that the film either revolves around the dream of the Witcher or perhaps has something to do with his dreams.
Another interesting note is that the videogame, The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt's (spoiler alert) opening sequence also takes place within Geralt's mind, which apparently, isn’t long after the events of the final scenes of the first season. What’s more, the leader of the Wild Hunt, Eredin, is known as the Lord of the Nightmares, who attempts to steal the powers of Ciri for… Sorry, we don’t really want to spoil the best part of the game, so it’s best to play it for yourself and see what happens.
So if we were to put our thinking caps together, we can assume that the plot of Nightmare of the Wolf will largely focus on the Wild Hunt.
Well, seeing as how Hissrich, who is also the developer for the live-action series, is hands-on with the film's development, then there is a solid possibility that Henry Cavill may be lending his voice to the title character himself in this movie as well.
One thing that we have observed during the promotional events of the first season was the apparent lack of Cavill. It could perhaps suggest that Cavill was busy doing some other work on the sidelines, perhaps even recording his line for the animated film in advance. It wouldn't be out of the realm of possibility when we put our thinking caps into it.
Also, if his social media life is anything to go by, Cavill is very much infatuated with playing Geralt, so if he wants to play an animated version of his character, we're pretty sure the studio wouldn't be able to refuse him.
Although there isn't a set release date seeing as how the animated movie was just announced, there are some possible hints that were dropped by executive producer Tomek Baginski during an interview. He said:
"We are planning a few more interesting surprises between seasons, but I will not say exactly what will happen."
It seems the anime film was one of those "surprises." And if we were to read between his comments about "between seasons," we could be expecting the anime film to land sometime in 2020.