‘The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf’: Every Main Character and Who Voices Them
Netflix’s The Witcher doesn’t return until December, but fans are getting an anime movie to tide them over in the meantime. The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf arrives this August, and it offers some background on the live-action story. Not only will the film showcase how witchers became pariahs across the Continent, but it will introduce Geralt of Rivia’s (Henry Cavill) mentor, Vesemir. Vesemir is slated to make a live-action appearance in The Witcher Season 2. However, The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf will show fans what his character was like before the events of the show.
Of course, Vesemir isn’t the only character featured prominently in the anime film. Read on to learn about the main characters and the stars who voice them.
Theo James voices Vesemir in ‘The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf’
Leading the cast of The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf is Theo James, best known for his roles in Divergent and Castlevania. James provides the voice for Castlevania‘s Hector, and in Divergent, he portrays the main character’s love interest, Four.
In playing Vesemir, James will take on a character with lofty ambitions despite his upbringing. According to The Witcher‘s Twitter description of the character, his path to becoming a witcher starts with a yearning for wealth and the freedom that comes with it:
“Vesemir grew up as a servant on a nobleman’s estate, working long days for too little coin. He yearns to break free of his social standing and to explore the Continent to find his destiny.”
The film will likely reveal what that destiny entails, putting Vesemir on the path to becoming one of the oldest and most well-known witchers around.
Lara Pulver lends her voice to Tetra Gilcrest
Lara Pulver brings the character of Tetra Gilcrest to life in The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf. While Vesemir’s backstory gives insight into how witchers lived before Geralt’s time, Tetra shows the same for sorceresses.
Descended from one of the very first mages, Tetra’s character description suggests she could be responsible for some of the structures in place during the live-action series — namely the ones that allow characters like Yennefer (Anya Chalotra) to learn magic. According to The Witcher‘s Twitter:
“Tetra Gilcrest is a powerful sorceress who is descended from one of the Continent’s first mages, and believes magic connects all things of beauty. She and her followers work to keep peace on the Continent by ensuring that magic is not abused.”
As for where viewers will recognize Pulver from, she’s appeared in series like Sherlock, True Blood, and The Alienist.
‘Castlevania’ star Graham McTavish voices Deglan
James isn’t the only Castlevania star to appear in The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf, nor is his character the only witcher. Graham McTavish, who plays Dracula in Netflix’s animated series, will provide the voice of Deglan in the upcoming film.
Judging by his description on The Witcher‘s official Twitter, Deglan plays a mentor role to Vesemir:
“Deglan was raised on the harsh, unforgiving Skellige Isles and is the hardened warrior-leader of the witchers. He is fiercely loyal to his ‘boys,’ and committed to doing whatever is necessary to protect them.”
With Deglan and Vesemir in the film, viewers can expect some action-packed moments. You don’t include two seasoned warriors without a few good fights. And Deglan looks like he means business in the film’s trailer.
Mary McDonnell rounds out the voice cast of ‘The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf’
Rounding out the voice cast of The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf is Mary McDonnell, who will lend her voice to Lady Zerbst. McDonnell is known for her roles in Battlestar Galactica and Major Crimes.
Unlike the other characters, Lady Zerbst doesn’t appear to possess any extraordinary powers. However, she does wield decision-making sway. According to The Witcher Twitter, she’s a noblewoman with the king’s ear:
“Lady Zerbst is a Kaedwen noblewoman who inherited her husband’s seat on the king’s advisory council after his death. She has since risen to become one of the king’s most trusted advisors, and a fierce supporter of the witchers.”
How Lady Zerbst will play into the tale told in Nightmare of the Wolf is unclear. However, her influence may come in handy when it comes to protecting the Continent.
To learn more about each of these characters and their storylines, fans can catch The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf on Monday, Aug. 23.