Netflix casts Freya Allan and Anya Chalotra as Ciri and Yennefer for 'The Witchers'

The casting for the show has been a burning topic ever since initial leaks revealed that the character of Ciri might make a serious pivot as compared to the books and games

Netflix casts Freya Allan and Anya Chalotra as Ciri and Yennefer for 'The Witchers'

Netflix has cast Ciri and Yennefer for its series 'The Witcher,' based on the series of novels by Polish writer Andrzej Sapkowski.

Freya Allan ('The War of the Worlds') and Anya Chalotra ('Wanderlust') will be joining Henry Cavill as Ciri and Yennefer, respectively. Cavill had been previously cast as lead character, Geralt of Rivia.

Witchers according to Sapkowski's books, are monster hunters who, after training and body modification, develop supernatural abilities at a young age to battle deadly beasts. 

Hollywood Reporter has confirmed that Netflix has locked on two main characters of Ciri and Yennefer. Freya Allan will be seen playing the character of Ciri, the princess of Cintra and Anya Chalotra will be seen playing the character of the seductive sorceress Yennefer.

Anya Chalotra. Photo courtesy: Twitter
Anya Chalotra. Photo courtesy: Twitter

The casting for the show has been a burning topic ever since the initial leak had revealed that the character of Ciri might make a serious pivot as compared to the books and games. Since then, the news of who will be playing the female leads has been kept under the rug. However, the fans are excited with the casting, because of Chalotra's experience with 'Wanderlust' and Allan's role with 'Badlands'.

Freya Allan. Photo courtesy: Twitter
Freya Allan. Photo courtesy: Twitter

In the series, Yennefer is a mother figure to Ciri and is also the love interest of the protagonist, Geralt of Rivia. 

The showrunner Lauren S. Hissrich updated fans on the progress with a jocular tweet about M&Ms (with peanuts) surrounding the good news: 



 

This update comes right in time with earlier leak regarding the actor who will be playing the character of Renfri, Millie Brady. Renfri is in the franchise, and her character has an incredibly dark past with an origin story- even more brutal for the Witcher's standard.

This rumor was offered some credibility when the show's casting assistant followed Millie Brady on Instagram, as the 'WitcherNews' Tumblr pointed it out.  

We will have to wait on more updates about the casting and a release date. Although, the release is said to be planned for next year.