It’s actually happening: A Witcher TV series is in the works at Netflix, ready to take up the mantle as Game of Thrones slowly but surely bows out of the fantasy TV race. But as hyped as everyone is, we know nothing about the show itself. Which stories will it adapt? How many episodes will each season be? If it’s good, will that technically count as breaking the video game movie curse – even though it will be based off the book series that inspired the games rather than the games themselves?
But perhaps most importantly of all: How will Netflix cast this show? Not only for Geralt of Rivia, but for the entire ensemble? Will they cast unknowns or obscure character actors to fill out this cast, or will they push for more famous faces?
There has been plenty of speculation online about the casting of Geralt himself, but far less for roles like Dandelion and Yennefer. A fantasy epic needs a wide range of colorful characters. Who would take up the roles of Geralt’s friends, allies, and enemies?
The Witcher books are packed with nuanced and unique characters, so in this article we’ll do our best to pick the ideal actor for each key character. And before anyone asks, we’re only doing characters that exist in the books as well as the games (sorry, Iorveth fans). And, yes, some of these actors probably are too big or too expensive for a supporting role in a TV show, but in 2017, who knows what could happen?