The Witcher: Sirens of the Deep anime brings back Doug Cockle as Geralt of Rivia

Image: Netflix / YouTube
Image: Netflix / YouTube /

Break out the silver swords, because there’s some exciting Witcher news afoot. Netflix unveiled a lot of new trailers and announcements over the weekend as part of its 2023 Geeked Week celebration. For those of us waiting for a return to the Continent after The Witcher season 3, the big news is that Netflix unveiled a teaser for its next animated Witcher film, The Witcher: Sirens of The Deep. Check it out:

Geralt of Rivia video game actor will reprise role in Sirens of The Deep

This initial announcement teaser is pretty sparse: it mainly just shows Geralt drawing his sword. But the voice of the Witcher sent chills down my spine, because it’s none other than Doug Cockle, the voice actor who famously played Geralt in CD Projekt Red’s acclaimed video game series. Cockle’s performance as Geralt was absolutely beloved; he was even one of the inspirations for how Henry Cavill played the character. It’s beyond exciting that he’ll be providing his voice talents to Sirens of The Deep.

This announcement also confirms that the anime movie will arrive on Netflix in late 2024. As for what it’s about, Netflix released another teaser trailer that provides a bit more context:

As you can see, Geralt’s will go toe to toe with some mermen in this movie. Sirens of The Deep is based on Andrzej Sapkowski’s short story A Little Sacrifice, which appears in the collection Sword of Destiny. The main events of Sword of Destiny were adapted during The Witcher season 1, but not all of the short stories fit into that one outing. Enter Sirens of The Deep.

A Little Sacrifice is essentially Sapkowski’s take on The Little Mermaid, but with The Witcher you know it’s going to be much more dark and complicated. Geralt is contracted to negotiate between two star-crossed lovers: a prince named Agloval and a mermaid named Sh’eenaz. He wants her to give up her fins to live on land; she feels he should be the one to make a little sacrifice and live underwater with her instead, despite the fact that he wouldn’t be able to breathe. This leads to the brink of war between their two peoples, with Geralt stuck in the middle.

The story also takes place at an interesting point in Geralt’s life, during one of the periods where he and his sorceress lover Yennefer are estranged. Ciri isn’t in the picture yet either, but Geralt’s bard friend Dandelion and another bard named Essi Daven both figure prominently into the story. It’s not clear yet whether Sirens of The Deep will stick to this chronology or rework things so this story takes place later in Geralt’s life. Hopefully Netflix reveals more details in the near future!

The Witcher: Sirens of The Deep comes to Netflix in late 2024.

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