Netflix's The Witcher will make its debut in December. The new show, starring Henry Cavill and based on the Polish fantasy novels, has been highly anticipated by fans and could be the next big hit for the streaming platform.
A trailer for the show Thursday revealed the Dec. 20 release date. The video gives a quick explanation of the protagonist, Geralt of Rivia, and his unique job as a Witcher. The release of the trailer coincided with a panel for the show at the Lucca Comics and Games convention in Lucca, Italy, that featured cast and crew.
Cavil, who plays Geralt, posted the trailer on his Instagram Thursday simply saying, "The White Wolf cometh," which is a nickname for the Witcher.
tells the story of Geralt, a monster hunter who kills mythical beasts for money. He's cynical and pragmatic, but Geralt does reluctantly help those in need as he travels the fictional land of The Continent. The series of novels, starting back in 1992, spawned a popular video game series, but showrunner Lauren Hissrich confirmed that the show will focus on the books and not the games.
The other principal actors in the series are Freya Allan (Into the Badlands) as Ciri and Anya Chalotra (The ABC Murders, Wanderlust) as Yennefer. Ciri is the young princess of Cintra, one of the kingdoms in the world of The Witcher, and Yennefer is a sorceress who's Geralt's love interest and the mother of Ciri.
Netflix announced it was adapting the books into a series back in May 2017. Laura S. Hissrich, formerly a producer for Daredevil and Marvel's The Defenders, was picked as the showrunner. Production on The Witcher ended back in April.
Originally published Oct. 31, 9:07 a.m. PT.
Update, 10:00 a.m. PT : Adds additional details. 12:40 p.m. PT: Adds Cavill Instagram post.