A TV show based on The Witcher is coming to Netflix. There is no word yet as to who will play any of the characters, and that includes Geralt’s companion Vesemir. But now Star Wars actor Mark Hamill has raised his hand to play the role despite having no idea what The Witcher is.
Writer Lauren Hissrich, who recently submitted a draft of the script she wrote for the pilot, posted a series of character descriptions on Twitter. For Vesemir, she wrote that he is “fatherly,” “wise,” “sprightly,” and “ancient.” He’s also a historian and keeper of secrets, she said. People on Twitter quickly realized that this also reads like a description of Luke Skywalker.
Hamill himself weighed in to say that, while he has no idea who Vesemir is or what The Witcher is all about, he’s definitely (maybe jokingly?) on board to play the character. CD Projekt Red, the developer of the Witcher games (the show is based on the books, though) even jumped in with a Photoshopped image of Hamill’s face on Vesemir’s body.
“I have no idea what this is or what it’s about but agree it could/should be played by me,” Hamill said, attaching the thumbs up emoji to hammer home his point.
Hissrich said she was blown away by Hamill responding to her tweet and his enthusiasm for playing Vesemir. “I may have just had a heart attack, courtesy of [Mark Hamill]. If I’m dead, it’s his fault (and it will have been worth it),” she said.
Hissrich also wrote for Netflix Marvel shows The Defenders and Daredevil, as well as the political TV show The West Wing. In December, it was announced that Hissrich had been hired to work on The Witcher show.
Hissrich is also serving as the Witcher program’s showrunner and executive producer, according to Variety. As of yet, there is no word on who will play main character Geralt or any of the other principal characters. We also don’t know when the show will arrive.
Officially announced in May 2017, the Netflix Witcher show is based on the eight-part novel series written by Andrzej Sapkowski, instead of the games from developer CD Projekt Red. Sapkowski will be working on the English language drama series as a creative consultant.
A Polish TV series based on The Witcher aired in 2002, but that has been the only adaptation of the franchise for TV so far. A Witcher movie with some big-name talent behind it was was announced for 2017, but that never happened.
As for the Witcher game series, the newest instalment was 2015’s The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. No new projects in the series have been announced, and developer CD Projekt Red is now working on the much-anticipated Cyberpunk 2077.