The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf release date
Netflix has confirmed that Nightmare of the Wolf will be releasing sometime in 2021, though we don't know the exact date yet. The official logo was revealed at the same time - you can see the tweet below:
Here is the logo for Nightmare of the Wolf. A Witcher Anime film coming 2021. pic.twitter.com/vagw48L8NS— NX (@NXOnNetflix) December 21, 2020
Plot of The Witcher anime film
Despite the numerous tales that exist in the original Witcher books by Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski, Nightmare of the Wolf has chosen to create something entirely new. It will focus on the character Vesemir, who is scheduled to appear in the second season of The Witcher and is a fan-favourite from the books and games alike.
Vesemir is best known as being a father figure to the main protagonist Geralt. However, this film will take place before Geralt is even born, following Vesemir’s own journey as a Witcher after the mysterious Deglan claims him through the Law of Surprise.
It will tie-in directly to the canon of the live-action series, giving viewers some context on who Vesemir is and his own past. If we’re lucky, we may even get a cameo from Geralt - AKA Henry Cavil himself.
In an interview with Variety, showrunner Lauren S. Hissrich discusses how she wants Nightmare of the Wolf to focus on how Geralt learnt his skills to teach Ciri through his own family upbringing. To quote, "how Geralt became a Witcher, where his journey started and who was important to him".
Writer DeMayo stated in an interview with Comicbook.com that the series will include a lot of magical elements that are a lot easier to tell through animation. He stated “it is a story we could not have told in live-action in any way, shape or form. At least not without an incredible burden on production, I will say that.”
According to a tweet from Fandom, Nightmare of the Wolf will have a runtime of 1 hour and 21 minutes. This information was taken from a screengrab of the Netflix landing page for the film - but has since been taken down. It is worth noting that this information hasn't yet been verified by Netflix.
'The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf' anime film is now showing a 1hr, 21min runtime— Fandom (@getFANDOM) January 22, 2021
🎨 From Studio Mir — House behind 'Legend of Korra'
🧠 Developed by 'The Witcher' Netflix team
🗓 Slated to release 2021 pic.twitter.com/igwcBwz02m
Nightmare of the Wolf cast and crew
The script of Nightmare of the Wolf is written by Beau DeMayo. DeMayo worked on the third episode of the live-action series, and is currently also on the writing team for the MCU Disney+ series, Moon Knight. Showrunner of The Witcher, Lauren S. Hissrich is also involved in an unspecified role - we suspect she’s a consultant.
The studio behind the project is Studio Mir, best known for the spin-off of Avatar: The Last Airbender, Legend of Korra.
No major cast members have officially been announced, however there are two likely candidates for Vesemir. First of all, there’s Kim Bodnia, who will be playing Vesemir for The Witcher’s second season. Bodnia is best known for Killing Eve.
Another suspect is Theo James, the voice of young Vesemir in a flashback season of the first season of The Witcher. James has previously voice acted in other Netflix animations, including Castlevania and The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance.
How to watch The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf
As you may have already guessed, you’ll need a Netflix subscription to watch Nightmare of the Wolf. You can sign up for an account on the Netflix website, with plans starting from £5.99/$8.99 per month.
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