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Henry Cavill, who stars as Geralt of Rivia in Netflix’s The Witcher, and showrunner Lauren Schmidt Hissrich celebrated the upcoming release of the fantasy series with Filipino fans in Manila. Henry and Lauren participated in a press conference, a special #TheWitcherInManila event followed by a screening of episode one. 

At the press conference, actor and triathlete Matteo Guidicelli greeted Henry and Lauren, introducing them to the audience. During the Q&A, the actor who plays Geralt (also known as the White Wolf) talked about his love for The Witcher, saying, “I read the books and fell in love with them. I've been a fantasy genre fan since I was a boy, and for me, it was such a wonder to read something that was so new and a fresh take on the genre.”

Photo credit: Netflix / Magic Liwanag

Henry and Lauren then expressed their deep gratitude for the warm welcome and huge support from Filipinos. Series showrunner Lauren Schmidt Hissrich also shared her love for The Witcher. “I was a fan of The Witcher books, so getting to do this has been a dream come true. It's so much bigger than what I thought it was going to be. I never expected to come to the Philippines, and here we are!”

Photo credit: Netflix / Magic Liwanag

Later in the afternoon, fans had the opportunity to see Henry at #TheWitcherInManila fan event at Ayala Malls Manila Bay, Activity Center. Host Matteo and The Witcher cosplayers interacted with the audience. 

After witnessing the special court dancing and sword fighting acts, the audience participated in a count down and welcomed both Lauren and Henry to thunderous applause. Both signed autographs and posed for photos before Henry took the stage. After a brief chat and photo with cosplayers dressed as Geralt, Yennefer and Ciri, Henry closed out the event by saying “Mahal Ko Kayo” and treated fans to an exclusive look at the second and final trailer for The Witcher.

Photo credit: Netflix / Magic Liwanag

Day one of the #TheWitcherInManila press tour closed with a special screening introduction by Lauren and Henry. “This is a very exciting moment for Lauren and myself. Even though we are the ones here on stage it's not just us who put in hours and hours of hard work,” he said. “It's a crew and a cast of 300+ people. We wish we could have them here. But when you're watching this, remember that they worked so hard for your entertainment, and we hope that you enjoy it as much as we enjoyed making it,” added Henry.

Excited fans continued to immerse themselves in the world of The Witcher at a special photo zone in the mall, open every day from 11 am to 9 pm, from December 10 until December 13.

Photo credit: Netflix / Magic Liwanag

Photo credit: Netflix / Magic Liwanag

Photo credit: Netflix / Magic Liwanag

The Witcher Season 1 premieres on December 20, only on Netflix. Netflix announced a second season pick up for The Witcher. The second season will begin production in London early in 2020, for a planned debut in 2021.  

About The Witcher
Based on the best-selling fantasy series of books, THE WITCHER is an epic tale of fate and family.  The story of the intertwined destinies of three individuals in the vast world of The Continent, where humans, elves, witchers, gnomes, and monsters battle to survive and thrive, and where good and evil is not easily identified. 

Henry Cavill (Mission Impossible - Fallout, Man of Steel) leads the cast of The Witcher saga, playing the role of Geralt of Rivia, alongside other main cast members,  Anya Chalotra (The ABC Murders, Wanderlust) as Yennefer and Freya Allan (The War of the Worlds, Into The Badlands) as Ciri.  Other previously announced cast include Jodhi May (Game of Thrones, Genius) as Calanthe, Björn Hlynur Haraldsson (Fortitude) as Eist, Adam Levy (Knightfall, Snatch) as Mousesack, MyAnna Buring (Ripper Street, Kill List) as Tissaia), Mimi Ndiweni (Black Earth Rising) as Fringilla, Therica Wilson-Read (Profile) as Sabrina, and Emma Appleton (The End of The F**king World) as Renfri, Eamon Farren (The ABC Murders, Twin Peaks) as Cahir, Joey Batey (Knightfall, Strike) as Jaskier, Lars Mikkelsen (House of Cards, Sherlock) as Stregobor, Royce Pierreson (Wanderlust, Judy) as Istredd, Maciej Musiał (1983) as Sir Lazlo, Wilson Radjou-Pujalte (Jamillah & Aladdin, Dickensian) as Dara, and Anna Shaffer (Harry Potter) as Triss.

The Witcher premieres on Netflix on December 20.

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