Netflix’s Witcher universe gathers momentum as just weeks after the first-ever WitcherCon held online, the streaming service has shared a teaser for its new anime movie The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf.
Animated by Studio MIR, the film stars a younger version of Vesemir, the mentor of Geralt in Netflix’s series. In a statement from the showrunner of The Witcher, Lauren Schmidt Hissrich, The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf shows a larger brotherhood of Witchers ahead of the popular show’s second series.
The official plot synopsis released by Netflix outlines more of the anime films plot, detailing: “The world of The Witcher expands in this anime origin story: Before Geralt, there was his mentor Vesemir — a swashbuckling young witcher who escaped a life of poverty to slay monsters for coin”.
Continuing, the synopsis reads, “But when a strange new monster begins terrorizing a politically-fraught kingdom, Vesemir finds himself on a frightening adventure that forces him to confront the demons of his past”.
With the voice acting of The Divergent star Theo James, Lara Pulver, Graham McTavish and Mary McDonnell, The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf is directed by Kwang Il Han and looks to depict a dark fantasy world for the protagonist, Vesemir.
Based on the novels by Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski, the new film will also be joined by a prequel series, a six-part limited season set 1,200 years before the events of the main TV series. The story will follow the creation of the first-ever Witcher prototype, as well as the events that lead to the “conjunction of the spheres”, a monumental event in the Witcher Universe in which, “the worlds of monsters, men, and elves merged to become one”.
Airing exclusively on Netflix on August 23, The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf will quickly be followed by season two of the Henry Cavill-led show on December 17.