Netflix’s ‘The Witcher’ Series Showrunner Opens Up About Ciri Backlash
Today Netflix’s ‘The Witcher’ series revealed that the role of Ciri would be going to young actor Freya Allan, effectively putting to bed the concerns that arose due to a previous report stating that Netflix was looking for a B.A.M.E. individual for the role. Due to the backlash this brought around showrunner Lauren Hissrich temporarily departed from Twitter, recently coming back with a finished script in hand and, earlier today, revealing the majority of the cast for the series. Now, the showrunner has spoken up about the backlash and how she felt about it.
The news comes from Hollywood Reporter, which asked her why fans reacted so negatively to the role of Ciri potentially being cast as a B.A.M.E. individual. “It boils down to a couple things,” Hissrich began. “One, this property has such a passionate fan base. I think any leak at all was going to attract this type of attention, and with any attention comes backlash to that attention. I do think that whatever information is trickling out there, there will be people responding positively to it and people responding negatively to it.
Hissrich revealed that she understood the immediate reaction fans had, stating that it’s all part of being a series creator. “I think that’s just part of making a television show, and especially a show this big,” she began.
In terms of why people responded so strongly, I think the fans really have pictures of these characters in their minds and I don’t blame them for that. I get it. When I read my favorite books I certainly imagine characters a certain way.”
Hissrich ended her response by revealing that, while she may have had a different vision for Ciri, she didn’t want to take away anything from what made the character who she was in the books and the games. “There’s obviously a couple lines of description of Ciri in the books and people become very enamored with their own vision of it,” she said. “I think coming in as a writer and saying my vision might look different than yours is scary for fans, but truthfully I don’t think it has to be. One of the things I feel most strongly about is people being afraid that we’re going to strip out the cultural context of The Witcher, to remove its Slavic roots, the very thing people in Poland are proud of. That couldn’t be further from the truth. What I’ve always wanted to do is take these Slavic stories and give them a global audience.”
Netflix’s ‘The Witcher’ series will arrive at some point in the future, with production beginning soon.
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