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The New Trailer For The Witcher: Nightmare Of The Wolf Will Get You Hyped

Prior to the release of Netflix's live-action TV series, "The Witcher" was already a successful multimedia franchise. Though "The Witcher" was originally a series of books by Polish fantasy author Andrzej Sapkowski, his work was soon overshadowed stateside by the video game "The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt." The third entry in developer CD Projekt Red's series of "Witcher" games was not only a huge critical success (via Metacritic) upon its 2015 release, but it remained a long term financial success, earning more in 2017 than it had the year prior (via DualShockers). The game's popularity would eventually spike once again upon a wave of revitalized interest upon the release of the TV show.

So, while Netflix's "Witcher" adaptation is technically based on Sapkowski's written work, the CD Projekt Red "Witcher" video games likewise form a significant pillar of the series and are thus an influence on the recent TV show as well. The Netflix series includes, for example, a bathtub scene, referencing an iconic moment from "The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt."

Now, Netflix is working on expanding "The Witcher" beyond just its flagship TV series. This includes "The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf," an animated film set in the "Witcher" universe. On August 9, Netflix released the first full-length trailer for "Nightmare of the Wolf," giving fans a better idea of what to expect upon its August 23 release. It also, naturally, includes a bathtub scene.

Toss a coin to Vesemir, your new Witcher

On July 21, Netflix released a teaser trailer for "The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf," giving fans their first look at the upcoming animated "Witcher" outing. The film notably does not feature usual protagonist Geralt of Rivia, who is central to the books, video games, and TV show alike, but Vesemir, the Witcher (a magical monster hunter in the series' parlance) who trained Geralt. The latest "Nightmare of the Wolf" footage is likewise focused largely on Vesemir (voiced by Theo James), but whereas the previous teaser focused largely on a few monster hunting missions, Netflix's new trailer provides a broader look at Vesemir's journey.

The trailer opens on Vesemir as a young boy, speaking with another child his age about their imminent initiation into the Witcher school at the stronghold Kaer Morhen. While Vesemir's friend is nervous about the process, Vesemir is cavalier about his transformation, looking forward to newfound power. Vesemir, now an adult, goes on to explains the nature of Witchers hunting monsters for money while, at one point, soaking in a bathtub, as is now Witcher tradition.

One of Vesemir's patrons then introduces Tetra Gilcrest (Lara Pulver), a sorceress whose origins were detailed on Netflix's Twitter account. Tetra is a dark haired witch, similar in appearance and m├ętier to Geralt's companion Yennefer of Vengerberg. The trailer continues to showcase some of the film's antagonists, monster and human alike.

With the release of "Nightmare of the Wolf" less than a month away, this could be the last preview footage of the film prior to its premiere on Netflix on August 23.