It’s almost time for Netflix to release the highly-anticipated anime movie from The Witcher universe, Nightmare of the Wolf!
On December 20th, 2020, Netflix launched the first season of their live-action adaptation for The Witcher…and the world went mad for Geralt.
Now, eight months later, another title in the franchise is about to release worldwide, but it’s not for season 2 of the live-action series.
‘Nightmare of the Wolf’ is an upcoming anime movie set within the wider Witcher universe, but what do we know about the film and when will it launch?
The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf – release date and time
- The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf is scheduled to release worldwide via Netflix on August 23rd, 2021 at 12 AM PDT.
The animated movie is expected to launch at the following times for international audiences:
- Pacific Time: 12 AM PDT
- Central Time: 2 AM CDT
- Eastern Time: 3 AM EDT
- British Time: 8 AM BST
- European Time: 9 AM CEST
- India Time: 12: 30 PM IST
- Philippine Time: 3 PM PHT
- Australia Time: 4: 30 PM ACST
As the movie is billed as a Netflix original title, fans shouldn’t expect the movie to become available on alternative streaming platforms such as Amazon Prime, Disney Plus, Crunchyroll or Funimation.
Not much information is known about the production of Nightmare of the Wolf; however, we do know that a live-action prequel series is also in the works from Netflix, expected to debut in 2022 or 2023.
Nightmare of the Wolf plot…
The film revolves around the early life of a Witcher called Vesemir, before he ends up being one of Geralt’s mentors in the original series (played by Kim Bodnia in season 2).
Vesemir escapes a world of poverty and, thanks to the Law of Surprise, is accompanied by the mysterious Deglan. However, his future changes forever after encountering a witch named Tetra.
“The world of The Witcher expands in this anime origin story: Before Geralt, there was his mentor Vesemir — a swashbuckling young witcher who escaped a life of poverty to slay monsters for coin. But when a strange new monster begins terrorizing a politically fraught kingdom, Vesemir finds himself on a frightening adventure that forces him to confront the demons of his past.” – Official synopsis, via Gizmodo.
A recognisable voice cast…
At the time of writing, only four voice cast members have been officially confirmed for The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf.
- Theo James as Vesemir
- Lara Pulver as Tetra
- Graham McTavish as Deglan
- Mary McDonnell as Lady Zerbst
- Tom Canton as Filavandrel
- David Errigo Jr. as Young Vesemir
- Matt Yang King as Luka
Who animates Nightmare of the Wolf?
The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf is produced by Studio Mir, a South Korean animation studio and is produced by Lauren Schmidt Hissrich.
Studio Mir was behind the majority of episodes in The Legend of Korra, as well as producing fellow Netflix titles, Kipo and the Age of Wonderbeasts and DOTA: Dragon’s Blood.
Speaking on the decision to produce an anime, rather than live-action project, writer Beau DeMayo said that they are “not constrained by set hours, you’re not constrained by insurance policies, you don’t have to worry about killing an actor.”
“The actors had difficulty carrying multiple swords at the same time [in the live-action series], because they were too heavy, so they were only carrying one sword at a time. In the anime we don’t have those restrictions.” – Beau DeMayo via The Verge.
Lauren Schmidt Hissrich is an American television producer and screenwriter from Ohio, who has worked on a variety of hit series, including The West Wing, Daredevil, Power, The Umbrella Academy and The Witcher.
This article will be updated with more information as soon as it is revealed.
By Tom Llewellyn – [email protected]