A white woman has been cast as Ciri in The Witcher TV show so the “but-but-but historically correct” nerds can stop whinging about it and focus on the somewhat questionable credibility of botchlings, necrophages, and, you know, like, magic spells instead

Into the Badlands and Bluebird actress Freya Allan will portray Ciri, Netflix has confirmed, ending a lot of pearl-clutching and dismay over the possibility that the role of a princess in a made-up fantasy about mutant mercenaries who kill monsters might go to a person of colour instead. Allan will feature next to Superman’s Henry Cavill as Geralt and The ABC Murderers and Wanderlust star Anya Chalotra as Yennefer.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, other cast members include Jodhi May (The Last of the Mohicans, Game of Thrones) as Queen Calanthe, Bjorn Hlynur Haraldsson (Fortitude) as her husband, Eist, Adam Levy (Rome, Snatch) as the druid Mousesack, MyAnna Buring as the headmistress of the Aretuza sorcery school for girls, Mimi Ndiweni (The Legend of Tarzan, Rellik) and Therica Wilson-Read (Suicide Club) as novice sorceresses, and Millie Brady (Pride and Prejudice and Zombies) as Renfri.

There’s not much else about the TV show to go on for the moment, except that Geralt gets involved in… something as “destiny hurtles him toward a powerful sorceress, and a young princess with a dangerous secret, the three must learn to navigate the increasingly volatile Continent together”. It’s expected to premiere sometime in 2020.

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