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Fans are already ready for Netflix's The Witcher to return for Season 2 after Season 1 arrived in December 2019. However, the second season is not set to arrive until 2021, which sets the stage for as much as a two-year wait, depending on when in 2021 it releases. Cue Netflix devising a cool plan to keep fans hooked between seasons.
Netflix confirmed via Twitter the upcoming release of the anime film, called The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf. It will explore a “powerful new threat facing The Continent.” The movie comes by way of The Witcher’s showrunner, Lauren Schmidt Hissrich, and Witcher scribe Beau DeMayo. The animation studio Studio Mir (Legend of Korra) is also on-board.
The animated movie should be a terrific way to bridge the gap between seasons. While fans and critics have been divided on The Witcher, enthusiasts' desire to see the story continue in some capacity is strong. While Netflix has confirmed the animated feature film, the vocal cast was not announced.
Will this animated tale bridge some of what occurs between Season 1 and Season 2? How much, if any, will fans get to hear from Henry Cavill’s Geralt? The Witcher’s first season did not concentrate entirely on Geralt of Rivia. Yennefer and Ciri also occupied much of Season 1’s focus. Could either or both of those characters take center stage in the animated film?
Fans will find out whenever the project is released. If The Witcher’s animated movie is being set up to bridge the gap between Season 1 and Season 2, it would ideally debut ahead of the 2021 release of the next season. That could mean sometime in 2020, if fans are lucky. Even if the movie isn't set between the first and second seasons, viewers would undoubtedly celebrate a Witcher fix during the series' long hiatus.
News of the animated film comes after Henry Cavill recently gave fans a production update on The Witcher Season 2. In the video, he did not give any indication that an animated film was on its way. Nor did he indicate he would be lending his vocal talents to the project. That does not necessarily mean it will not happen.
It is tough to imagine an animated Witcher film without Geralt. However, stranger things have happened. In Netflix’s tweet confirming the project, the streaming giant did not say if Henry Cavill would reprise his role in animated form. Nor did it mention his co-stars' involvement, so stay tuned!