It would seem that controversy is following Henry Cavill today, whether it be directly with all the Superman/WB drama going on, or indirectly with his new Netflix series, The Witcher. As for the later, showrunner, Lauren S. Hissrich is currently taking a hiatus from Twitter, after a fan uproar came about from a leaked casting call that is looking to change the race of fan favorite character, Ciri.
Hissrich posted on her Twitter account that it was time for a break after backlash from the casting sheet. But, most of the attacks have not been aggressive, but moreso just showing the writers hypocrisy after an earlier tweet stated that they wouldn’t change a character’s race in the story. However, the casting call asks for “a 16 or 15 year old BAME (black, Asian, minority ethnic) girl who can play down to 13/14.” This obviously goes against Hissrich’s earlier tweet, and that has caused more issues than just the typical racist trolls who hate ‘PC’ changes like this.
The rest of the character description, though, sounds like they will nail the character in all aspects except for the color of her skin, which, at the end of the day, doesn’t really matter to the character’s story at all. They describe her as ‘resilient, relentless, brazen, and growing’ and give some of her backstory as well:
CIRI can often be found rough-housing with the Palace hands instead of sitting in finery at the knee of the QUEEN CALANTHE, her grandmother. That is, until Cintra is massacred by the Nilfgaardians and CIRI is orphaned, left to traverse THE CONTINENT, alone. She doesn’t know it yet, but she’s a direct descendant of LARA DORREN, an Elven Mage – which is why everyone in our series is after her. We follow CIRI as she evades her captors, and in the meantime, discovers her magical talents, her dark side, and the role she is to play in the coming apocalypse. We are looking for an extraordinary young talent to lead this series. She should be brave hearted and MUST have something truly special about her.
Here’s some of the reaction:
And it turns out there’s a petition to re-cast the character as well:
The Witcher is expected to hit Netflix in 2019.
What do you think of this change for the character? Do you agree with Hissrich taking time away from Twitter? Let us know in the comments below!