The legacy of Geralt of Rivia continues to run deep over at Netflix, even in the wake of Henry Cavill’s departure from the live-action The Witcher series. As Liam Hemsworth gears up to take over the reins, the White Wolf will once again star in another adventure – albeit in a different form.
Enter The Witcher: Sirens of the Deep, the next entry in the beloved franchise. Announced during the streamer’s Geeked Week 2023 event, the animated movie is set right in the middle of season 1 of the live-action show, with a trailer pulling audiences under into a world of monster slaying, humans, and merpeople.
While brief, it teases some interesting content that should excite fans of Andrzej Sapkowski’s novels. It opens with a quick look at Essi Daven, brought to life from the short story “A Little Sacrifice,” from the book Sword of Destiny, who joins Geralt and his bard companion Dandelion (or Jaskier) in gazing at a mountain. After a brief fight sequence, we are introduced to a tribe of merpeople and someone who resembles Yennefer, before a voiceover surfaces to declare ominously that war has already begun. Skelliege vibes, anyone?
Here’s the film synopsis, per Netflix:
“Geralt of Rivia, a mutated monster hunter, is hired to investigate a series of attacks in a seaside village and finds himself drawn into a centuries-old conflict between humans and merpeople. He must count on friends – old and new – to solve the mystery before the hostilities between the two kingdoms escalate into all-out war.”
Studio Mir, the powerhouse behind The Legend of Korra and The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf, is developing and animating the project. Doug Cockle, the voice actor from The Witcher 3 video game, will be reprising the role of Geralt. Essi is voiced Christina Wren (Man of Steel).
“A Little Sacrifice” tells the tale of star-crossed trans-species lovers: a mermaid named Sh’eenaz, and a human prince named Agloval. The short story also marks the first appearance of Essi, described as a bard with curly blonde hair and striking dark blue eyes.
The Witcher: Sirens of the Deep will hit Netflix sometime in late 2024.
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