Fans of The Witcher video game series, based on Andrzej Sapkowski's novels, have eagerly awaited news regarding the upcoming Netflix series. Unfortunately, the show is still in very early stages, so news has been slight.
Lauren S. Hissrich, the adaptation's showrunner, has been transparent on Twitter when it comes to the show's progress, which is how we know that the pilot script's first draft has only recently been completed. As far as anyone can tell, no one involved with the series has even begun to think of potential actors for the show's many potential roles.
However, fans of the video games and novels have been thinking about precisely this for several years now, with many agreeing that Mads Mikkelsen would make a fantastic Geralt. Recently fans were teased with an enticing thought regarding another character form the mythos, however -- what if Mark Hamill played Geralt's friend and mentor, Vesemir?
It all started with Hissrich's description of Vesemir, as she has been tweeting shortened descriptions of all characters she is considering for the show. It was passed to Mark Hamill by a Twitter user by the name of Club Star Wars, and resulted in a fantastic photoshopped imaged of Mark Hamill's face on official artwork of Vesemir tweeted by The Witcher game's official Twitter account.
In response, Hamill tweeted that even though he had no idea who the character was or where it was from, yes, he should play him. He may not have been one-hundred percent serious, but fans are. After all, it's the perfect role for him.
For those who don't know, Vesemir is first mentioned in Andrzej Sapkowski's novel, The Last Wish, published in 1992 (the English version was published much later in 2015). The old witcher is described as being the oldest and most experienced, after an assault on Kaer Morhen by superstitious folk decimated the School of the Wolf. He trained Geralt alongside a small handful of other potential witchers. Those who enjoyed the video games will know Vesemir as the father figure to the witchers at Kaer Morhen, all three of them: Geralt, Eskel and Lambert.
So why, exactly, is the role of an aged witcher perfect for Mark Hamill?
Just look at Mark Hamill's performance as Luke Skywalker in Star Wars: The Last Jedi. He was playing the role of a wise master who was arguably just as cynical as a witcher would be in the world Andrzej Sapkowski has constructed. The film pushed humor to the forefront of many of his scenes and Hamill executed them perfectly. Some fans may argue that many of his lines felt uncharacteristic of Luke and they would have been, but thanks to Hamill, none of them ever felt completely out of character. Hamill's portrayal would be better suited for Vesemir, who is depicted in the video games and the novels as being somewhat fatherly and witty, someone who could easily have inspired Geralt's often wry humor.
Unfortunately, Hamill's Last Jedi scenes never quite allowed the actor to fully showcase what Skywalker was like as a mentor, which is what many Star Wars fans were eager to see, yet another reason why Hamill would be well received as Vesemir. It may be set in a different world but The Witcher would give fans a chance to see Hamill play a mentor figure who, like Luke Skywalker, has mastered slightly mystical arts, knows how dark and cruel the world can be, and is virtually the last of his kind.
Mark Hamill is more than capable of adapting his voice and body to suit the needs of the role, of that we are certain. After all, outside of the action of the Star Wars franchise, Hamill has found success in the world of voice acting with roles such as Shao Lao in the Ultimate Spider-Man series, Solomon Grundy in the animated Justice League series and of course, The Joker in multiple Batman-related shows and video games. There's very little Mark Hamill won't be able to bring to a role like this and since Lauren S. Hissrich herself has expressed how much she loves the idea, there's at least some reason to hope Hamill will play the character in Netflix's Witcher series... provided someone tells him who and what the character actually is, of course.