Get ready to see Vesemir like you’ve never seen him before — literally. Netflix has dropped the first trailer for The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf, the streaming giant’s upcoming anime prequel movie. And if this trailer doesn’t sell you, nothing will.
Set before the events of The Witcher series and Andrzej Sapkowski’s books of the same name, Nightmare of the Wolf will follow the origin of Vesemir. That name’s familiar for a reason. Vesemir is another witcher of Kaer Morhen who served as Geralt of Rivia’s mentor. The elder witcher has always been a beloved character for fans of the books and games, though he has yet to appear in the live action series (he’ll be played by Kim Bodnia in Season 2). His wisdom often guides Geralt when he’s at his most conflicted, especially when it comes to taking care of Ciri. And anyone Geralt respects immediately becomes a fan favorite.
Nightmare of the Wolf will follow Vesemir (Theo James) in his early witching days, when he just emerged from poverty and started hunting monsters for coin. The movie will follow Vesemir as he confronts a strange new monster that threatens to destroy a politically-fraught kingdom. In the process he’ll also have to face his own demons.
In addition to James, the voice cast also includes Lara Pulver as Tetra, Graham McTavish as Deglan, and Mary McDonnell as Lady Zerbst.
Based on this first look, we’ve never seen a witcher quite like this. Though Geralt has been blessed with Henry Cavill’s beautiful looks, by the time we meet him in the show, books, and games, he’s an old man. Geralt has never been given an exact age, but it’s believed that he’s anywhere from 70 to 90 years old. And he acts like it. Geralt rarely acts without thinking, preferring to weigh his options and hold his opinions rather than act brashly.
That’s not the sort of witcher that appears in the Nightmare of the Wolf trailer. Vesemir makes smug quips, throws gold, winks, and joyfully flirts. He’s exactly what you’d expect if you gave a young man access to nearly unlimited power. Now all that’s left is to beat some humility into him. The new saga starts on August 23. Check out the trailer above, and get ready to add a new bathtub scene to your Witcher collection.