The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf, an upcoming animated prequel to the hit series The Witcher, has gotten a new teaser along with an official release date on Netflix. It had previously been reported that the movie was in the works alongside a separate live-action prequel series. Coming out of WitcherCon on Friday, Netflix revealed that the movie will start streaming on Monday, August 23rd, 2021. You can watch the new teaser below.
The new series focuses primarily on Vesemir, a mentor to Geralt of Rivia that will join the live-action series in season 2. A logline for the animated movie reads: "Before Geralt, there was Vesemir - a cocky young witcher who delights in slaying monsters for coin. When a dangerous new power rises on the Continent, Vesemir learns that some witchering jobs are about more than just money..."
Last year, it was announced that Kim Bodnia had been cast as Vesemir in the live-action TV series. Other newcomers to the cast include Kristofer Hivju as Nivellen, Yasen Atour as Coen, Agnes Born as Vereena, Paul Bullion as Lambert, Thue Ersted Rasmussen as Eskel, Aisha Fabienne Ross as Lydia, and Mecia Simson as Francesca. Of course, Henry Cavill returns as Geralt of Rivia alongside Freya Allan as Princess Ciri, Anya Chalotra as Yennefer, and other returning stars.
"Probably my favorite additions for season 2 are the new witchers," Hissrich previously said of the new characters in the Netflix show's second season, via TheWrap. "Really, in season 1, we got to know Geralt and he's our prime example of a witcher. And then there is one other witcher, Remus, who we meet in Episode 103, who quickly dies (laughs). So it was, for us really, about getting Geralt back to his roots and sort of learning where he came from and what his story is and what his sense of family is."
Hissrich, who developed the animated movie with Beau DeMayo and Studio Mir, added: "For Geralt, it's his brothers, it's the brotherhood of the witchers. So I'm really excited to get back in and meet Vesemir, his father figure, for the first time and all of these men that he was raised with since he was seven years old."
Another prequel is also in development at Netflix. A live-action limited series, dubbed The Witcher: Blood Origin, will show the origin of the witchers with a story set 1200 years in the past. Hissrich is on board to develop the series as an executive producer with Declan de Barra serving as showrunner. Michelle Yeoh and Sophia Brown were recently announced as part of the cast. With multiple prequels on the way along with the second season, there's plenty of content for fans to anticipate.
The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf will hit Netflix on Monday, August 23rd, 2021. Fans can then look forward to season 2 of The Witcher dropping on December 27, 2021, just in time for the holiday season. Meanwhile, more updates are expected to be coming out of WatcherCon.