The Witcher first trailer released as Henry Cavill's Geralt comes to life

Netflix has released the first trailer for The Witcher, showing Henry Cavill’s transformation into Geralt.

Based on the books by Andrzej Sapkowski which spawned an excellent trilogy of video games, The Witcher follows Geralt Of Rivia’s story as he hunts down monsters to eradicate evil from the Continent.

Led by showrunner Lauren Schmidt Hissrich (Daredevil, The Umbrella Academy), the show also stars Anya Chalotra (who plays Yennefer) and Freya Allan (Ciri).

The trailer itself looks a lot more promising than early pictures, showcasing a slightly more dishevelled Geralt and some impressive battle sequences.

The footage ends on Geralt confronted by a huge spider-like monster in a swamp, showing they’re not exactly skimping on the budget.

Speaking to Entertainment Weekly about the series, showrunner Lauren Schmidt Hissrich described it as a ‘very adult show’ and also teased the shifting morality of the characters.

‘One of the things we’re enjoying exploring is all the shades of grey in the books,’ Lauren said. ‘The characters you’re rooting for in the beginning may not be the characters you’re rooting for in the end. And characters you hate and seem absolutely evil are motivated by something that’s really relatable and human and emotional.’

She added: ‘I think people are going to be surprised by how many monsters we were able to do and how integral they are to the story.

‘It really feels like the monster stories become analogs for bigger things happening in the world right now in different political phenomenons.’

Cavill also spoke about bagging the role at San Diego Comic-Con, explaining how achieving the look of Geralt took some time to achieve.

The Witcher is expected to launch on Netflix in 2019, although a release date is yet to be confirmed.

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