The Witcher Showrunner Takes Twitter 'Hiatus' Amid Ciri Backlash

Ciri in The Witcher

Lauren Hissrich, the showrunner for Netflix's upcoming adaptation of The Witcher, is taking a temporary leave from Twitter following backlash regarding a recent casting call.

A casting call surfaced last week for the role of Ciri, the adopted daughter of protagonist Geralt of Rivi. Although the character was previously depicted as Caucasian, the casting notices called for an actor of "black, Asian or minority ethnic" background. The proposed change drew praise, but also significant online criticism.


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Hissrich is only the latest high-profile industry figure to take a leave from social media following online harassment. Star Wars actors Kelly Marie Tran and Daisy Ridley both deactivated social media accounts in response to toxic "fandom."

In the meantime, production on The Witcher is expected to begin soon with principal photography slated for Eastern Europe with Henry Cavill starring as the titular monster hunter while creator Andrzej Sapkowski is attached to the project as a creative consultant.

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Based on the fantasy novel series of the same name by Andrzej Sapkowski, The Witcher is developed for television by Lauren Schmidt Hissrich (The Defenders). The adaptation stars Henry Cavill as the title character and is expected to premiere for its eight-episode first season sometime in either late 2019 or early 2020 on Netflix.

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