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The widely popular Netflix series The Witcher was released in December 2019. The show was one of the most successful first season premieres for the streaming platform, and therefore practically guaranteed to be greenlit for a second season.

However, the release date was delayed due to coronavirus (COVID-19), leaving fans with a longer wait than expected and anxious for news of when they could expect to see actor Henry Cavill return as Geralt of Rivia in the continuation of the story.

A shot of Netflix's 'The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf' showing Vesemir. He's raising his hand and looks concerned.
Netflix’s ‘The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf’ | Netflix

While there is finally good news for the release of season two coming this year on December 17, fans will get to enjoy some fresh Witcher content as early as August 23 with an animated prequel film, The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf.

The prequel will serve as an origin story for Vesemir, who later goes on to teach Geralt how to fight and become the white-haired witcher we recognize from the Netflix series.

What to expect in ‘Nightmare of the Wolf’ 

Nightmare of the Wolf will provide some backstory for the character Vesemir. Fans of The Witcher series might recognize the name — an injured Geralt called it out during the season one finale as he recalled a traumatic childhood experience, leaving viewers to wonder who exactly Vesemir might be.

As it turns out, Vesemir is a witcher himself, and he is the one who mentored Geralt as he was growing up and training to be a witcher at Kaer Morhen. 

From the Nightmare of the Wolf trailer description provided by IMDb: “Escaping from poverty to become a witcher, Vesemir slays monsters for coin and glory, but when a new menace rises, he must face the demons of his past.” Behind the Voice Actors states that the film will follow Vesemir in his early days when he is a “young and arrogant” witcher.

Fans can expect to see the origin story of Vesemir and how he came to be a witcher in the first place. The prequel may even give us more insight into how the Law of Surprise works, which is the same phenomenon that links Geralt to Ciri in the Witcher series.

The voice actor of Vesemir appeared in the season one finale of ‘The Witcher’ 

When the wounded Geralt is recounting traumatic memories from his childhood during The Witcher‘s season finale, a voice calls out to him, “Geralt, I’ve been waiting for you.” Since Geralt calls out the name “Vesemir” after recalling the voice, it’s safe to assume that Vesemir was the one who originally spoke those words to him. 

As predicted by Screenrant, Theo James was confirmed to be the voice actor saying the line in the season one finale. Official announcements for Nightmare of the Wolf have since come out, crediting James as the voice of Vesemir and confirming his role in the film.

As reported by CBR, James may be recognized for his other notable roles, including the character Four in the Divergent film series and voicing the character Hector in the animated Castlevania series. Among his other work, James also appears in the credits as Young Vesemir for the upcoming second season of The Witcher series.

This likely indicates that the character Vesemir will continue to play a big role in the series in the future. He may even cross paths with Geralt in the storyline once again.

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