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  • Posted Wednesday 10/10/18 at 1:29PM EDT Netflix's The Witcher finds its female leads
    Source: The Hollywood Reporter

    Freya Allan and Anya Chalotra will star opposite Henry Cavill as Ciri and Yennefer, respectively, on the adaptation of Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski's fantasy novels. Allan's casting as Ciri comes one month after a leaked casting notice claimed that producers were seeking a minority actress for the role, prompting showrunner Lauren S. Hissrich to quit Twitter. Hissrich says Allan was cast after casting directors saw more than 200 young women from all over Europe. She says of the backlash: "It boils down to a couple things. One, this property has such a passionate fan base. I think any leak at all was going to attract this type of attention, and with any attention comes backlash to that attention. I do think that whatever information is trickling out there, there will be people responding positively to it and people responding negatively to it. I think that’s just part of making a television show, and especially a show this big. In terms of why people responded so strongly, I think the fans really have pictures of these characters in their minds and I don’t blame them for that. I get it. When I read my favorite books I certainly imagine characters a certain way. There’s obviously a couple lines of description of Ciri in the books and people become very enamored with their own vision of it."

    # TOPICS: The Witcher, Netflix, Anya Chalotra, Freya Allan, Lauren S. Hissrich

  • Posted Wednesday 9/12/18 at 11:54PM EDT Why Henry Cavill is better off starring on Netflix's The Witcher than returning to Superman role
    Source: Decider

    Even though The Hollywood Reporter story this morning that Cavill was "out" of his role as Superman hasn't been confirmed, it would be wise if the former Tudors star returned to the TV world, according to Meghan O'Keefe. "For the past five years, Cavill has been sold to people as a statue made flesh," says O'Keefe. "His Superman is technically perfect — and that’s kind of the problem. The part has towered over the actor, and left Cavill little air to be himself for audiences. Netflix’s The Witcher could change that. As a high-octane fantasy series, it fits square in Cavill’s wheelhouse as a both a seasoned action hero and secret nerd boy. Even if you didn’t know that Cavill is a major Robert Jordan/Temeraire/Skyrim fan, his untethered exuberance announcing that he would be Geralt of Rivia should have tipped you off that he’s a fan of high fantasy."

    # TOPICS: Henry Cavill, Netflix, The Witcher

  • Posted Tuesday 9/11/18 at 12:52PM EDT The Witcher showrunner leaves Twitter after diverse casting backlash
    Source: The Daily Dot

    Showrunner Lauren S. Hissrich has been taking a lot of heat for the Netflix fantasy drama's diverse casting. Things got particularly heated over the weekend when a casting call surfaced for a non-white actress to play the key role of Ciri, who is a white blonde woman in The Witcher books and video game series. "It's time for a Twitter hiatus," Hissrich tweeted Monday. "The love here is amazing, and the hate is enlightening, like a real-life Trial of the Grasses, except I HAVE to read less and write more -- or we won't have a damn finale. Be back soon with more insight and more Roach. Be nice to each other, okay?" Hissrich previously faced backlash for having a diverse writers' room.

    # TOPICS: Lauren S. Hissrich, Netflix, The Witcher, Diversity

  • Posted Tuesday 9/04/18 at 10:49AM EDT Henry Cavill is returning to TV to star in Netflix's The Witcher
    Source: The Hollywood Reporter
    Henry Cavill

    Cavill, who starred on Showtime's The Tudors from 2007 to 2010, will take a break from playing Superman on the big screen to star in the eight-episode TV adaptation of Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski's fantasy book series. Cavill is said to be a fan of The Witcher short stories and novels, which showrunner Lauren S. Hissrich is adapting for television. He'll play the main character Geralt of Rivia, described as "a solitary monster hunter who struggles to find his place in a world where people often prove more wicked than beasts. But when destiny hurtles him toward a powerful sorceress, and a young princess with a dangerous secret, the three must learn to navigate the increasingly volatile Continent together."

    # TOPICS: The Witcher, Netflix, Andrzej Sapkowski, Henry Cavill, Lauren S. Hissrich

  • Posted Tuesday 8/21/18 at 5:47PM EDT Netflix's The Witcher casting scripts leak online
    Source: Variety

    Executive producer Lauren S. Hissrich made it clear to fans of the book-based fantasy series that the leaked scripts "are not real scenes or scenarios or even storylines from the show."

    # TOPICS: The Witcher, Netflix, Lauren S. Hissrich

  • Posted Saturday 5/12/18 at 12:41AM EDT Netflix's The Witcher creator responds to small backlash over her diverse writing staff
    Source: Kotaku

    Lauren S. Hissrich is adapting the beloved Polish book series by author Andrzej Sapkowski for television. But when she posted a photo of her writing staff featuring men and women of differences races, some Witcher fans feared that the Netflix series wouldn't hew to the book's European roots. So Hissrich has taken the time to respond to them, telling them she hired based on "blind hiring."

    # TOPICS: Netflix, The Witcher, Lauren S. Hissrich, Diversity

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