Netflix releases character posters for The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf, an anime movie taking place before the events of the live-action series. The Witcher, based on the works of Andrzej Sapkowski and following mutated monster hunter Geralt of Rivia (Henry Cavill), is one of Netflix’s most-watched shows of all time. The Witcher season 2 is set to feature the Witcher fortress, Kaer Morhen, where Geralt and Ciri (Freya Allen) will meet up with the former’s old mentor, Vesemir (Kim Bodnia). Next week, Vesemir’s origin story will become available in the form of The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf.
Produced by the studio behind The Legend of Korra and Voltron: The Legendary Defender, the movie will follow Vesemir as a swashbuckling young witcher who escaped a life of poverty to slay monsters for coin. When a strange new monster begins terrorizing one of the Continent’s kingdoms, Vesemir learns that not all hunts are about the coin. The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf is produced by The Witcher showrunner Lauren Schmidt Hissrich and Beau Demayo (who also wrote the screenplay) and directed by Kwang Il Han. Its voice cast includes Theo James as Vesemir, reprising his brief vocal role from The Witcher season 1, Lara Pulver as Tetra, Graham McTavish as Deglan, and Mary McDonnell as Lady Zerbst.
NetflixGeeked on Twitter recently shared key art profile posters showcasing The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf’s major characters. The images introduce us to Vesemir, Tetra Gilcrest, Delgan, Lady Zerbst, Luka, and Filavandrel. Check them out below:
As previously mentioned, The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf will follow Vesemir becoming a witcher from the School of the Wolf long before Geralt. Its trailer asks how witchers are made, undergoing extreme processes and experiments with irreversible physical consequences. Not much is known in the flagship series about the origin of this process may be explained as Deglan, who claimed Vesemir by the Law of Surprise takes him to Kaer Morhen—which are circumstances similar to that of Geralt and Ciri. On top of that and returning characters like Filavandrel, The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf’s new characters should connect to the series and gear fans up for season 2.
As an animation, The Witcher: The Nightmare of the Wolf can further develop the Continent and its inhabitants without the limitations placed on live-action. With a diverse cast of characters, some similar to those we’ve already seen and some not so much, the film looks like a great companion piece to the show. It’ll also further inform fans unfamiliar with the source material and video games. Most importantly, the movie will show viewers who Vesemir was before they find out who he is.