Archive for March 18, 2020

Rey Is All the Jedi as the Knights Return in New The Rise of Skywalker Digital Trailer

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Disney put The Rise of Skywalker out a few days early on digital platforms, giving Star Wars fans something to do at home.

Witcher: Freya Allan’s Original Role In Netflix’s Series (Before Ciri)

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The Witcher introduced viewers around the world to Princess Ciri, played by Freya Allan, and gave them a taste of what her powers can do, but Allan was originally going to play a completely different role, and went through a weird casting process. Based on the book series of the same name by Andrzej Sapkowski, The Witcher is a fantasy drama series that made its debut on Netflix in December 2019. The Witcher has been adapted before to video games, which is why it already had a big fanbase, and in turn made the series one of the most anticipated Netflix releases of the year.

The Witcher followed Geralt of Rivia (Henry Cavill), an enhanced monster hunter; Yennefer of Vengerberg (Anya Chalotra), a powerful sorceress; and Ciri, the crown princess of Cintra and granddaughter of Queen Calanthe, and who has some magical powers of her own. Their stories were told separately and in different time settings, with their paths eventually converging at the end of the season. The Witcher was a big boost for the careers of most of its cast, especially Freya Allan, who prior to the series had appeared in various short films and had minor roles in different TV series.

Related: The Witcher: Geralt Is Also A Child Of Surprise

Allan will reprise her role in season 2 of The Witcher, and when looking back at the casting process, she admitted that it was a strange one, and she was even cast as a very different character before signing to play Ciri.

In an interview with Digital Spy, Freya Allan shared that the casting process she went through for The Witcher was strange, as she wasn’t really sure of what character she was supposed to play. Allan explained that she was given scenes and she performed them, and she was told she was going to play Marilka, though casting director Sophie Holland told showrunner Lauren Schmidt Hissrich that she should be considered for Ciri. She was later told she had been cast as Marilka, but the following day she got a call saying that Hissrich, director Alik Sakharov, and some producers were going to London to “see her for Ciri”, and got the role the next day.

Marilka is the daughter of the alderman of Blaviken and appeared in season 1’s first episode “The End’s Beginning”. In it, she was hired by Stregobor to lure Geralt to him, and so she did by claiming to have payment for the kikimora he had killed. As her father would have no need for the dead creature, she suggested Geralt talked to a sorcerer called “Master Irion” (which is an alias for Stregobor) as he was willing to pay for it because he needed it for elixirs. She was later held hostage by Renfri but was eventually freed, and when Stregobor arrived to see all the people Geralt killed, she and the rest of the townspeople turned against him, with Marilka herself telling him to leave and never come back.

Of course, changing Marilka for Ciri was a major upgrade for Freya Allan and The Witcher as well. Allan’s portrayal of Ciri balanced the character’s fear and strength quite well, along with her confusion over her newly discovered powers and her fight for survival. Playing Ciri not only granted her a much bigger role in the series but will surely be a big push for her career as well, all thanks to a change of plans during the casting process.

Next: The Witcher Theory: The REAL Ciri Hasn't Met Geralt Yet

Witcher: Freya Allan’s Original Role In Netflix’s Series (Before Ciri)

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The Witcher introduced viewers around the world to Princess Ciri, played by Freya Allan, and gave them a taste of what her powers can do, but Allan was originally going to play a completely different role, and went through a weird casting process. Based on the book series of the same name by Andrzej Sapkowski, The Witcher is a fantasy drama series that made its debut on Netflix in December 2019. The Witcher has been adapted before to video games, which is why it already had a big fanbase, and in turn made the series one of the most anticipated Netflix releases of the year.

The Witcher followed Geralt of Rivia (Henry Cavill), an enhanced monster hunter; Yennefer of Vengerberg (Anya Chalotra), a powerful sorceress; and Ciri, the crown princess of Cintra and granddaughter of Queen Calanthe, and who has some magical powers of her own. Their stories were told separately and in different time settings, with their paths eventually converging at the end of the season. The Witcher was a big boost for the careers of most of its cast, especially Freya Allan, who prior to the series had appeared in various short films and had minor roles in different TV series.

Related: The Witcher: Geralt Is Also A Child Of Surprise

Allan will reprise her role in season 2 of The Witcher, and when looking back at the casting process, she admitted that it was a strange one, and she was even cast as a very different character before signing to play Ciri.

In an interview with Digital Spy, Freya Allan shared that the casting process she went through for The Witcher was strange, as she wasn’t really sure of what character she was supposed to play. Allan explained that she was given scenes and she performed them, and she was told she was going to play Marilka, though casting director Sophie Holland told showrunner Lauren Schmidt Hissrich that she should be considered for Ciri. She was later told she had been cast as Marilka, but the following day she got a call saying that Hissrich, director Alik Sakharov, and some producers were going to London to “see her for Ciri”, and got the role the next day.

Marilka is the daughter of the alderman of Blaviken and appeared in season 1’s first episode “The End’s Beginning”. In it, she was hired by Stregobor to lure Geralt to him, and so she did by claiming to have payment for the kikimora he had killed. As her father would have no need for the dead creature, she suggested Geralt talked to a sorcerer called “Master Irion” (which is an alias for Stregobor) as he was willing to pay for it because he needed it for elixirs. She was later held hostage by Renfri but was eventually freed, and when Stregobor arrived to see all the people Geralt killed, she and the rest of the townspeople turned against him, with Marilka herself telling him to leave and never come back.

Of course, changing Marilka for Ciri was a major upgrade for Freya Allan and The Witcher as well. Allan’s portrayal of Ciri balanced the character’s fear and strength quite well, along with her confusion over her newly discovered powers and her fight for survival. Playing Ciri not only granted her a much bigger role in the series but will surely be a big push for her career as well, all thanks to a change of plans during the casting process.

Next: The Witcher Theory: The REAL Ciri Hasn't Met Geralt Yet

Even Animal Crossing Devs Love The DOOM Crossovers Fans Have Made

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Sharing an upcoming release date, DOOM Eternal and Animal Crossing: New Horizons have been the subject of many fan mash-ups over the past few weeks – and two key developers behind Animal Crossing have taken notice. Despite having almost nothing in common, aside from some Animal Crossing theories which may put the two closer together than previously thought, these crossover memes, fan art, and other showcases of passion for both upcoming games have been popping up all over the internet.

DOOM Eternal is the follow-up to Bethesda's smash-hit 2016 shooter, DOOM, and has seemingly raised the bar on the series' signature rip and tear dynamic, if early DOOM Eternal reviews are any indication. Animal Crossing: New Horizons, on the other hand, is a life-simulation title published and developed by Nintendo and is following up 2013's Animal Crossing: New Leaf, but is also the first entry in the Animal Crossing series to release on a home console since Animal Crossing: City Folk landed on the Nintendo Wii all the way back in 2008.

Related: Animal Crossing: New Horizons Review - Everything Fans Wanted

In a recent interview with IGNNew Horizons' director Aya Kyogoku and producer Hisashi Nogami said they have indeed taken notice of the special bond formed between the fans of each series who are embracing the duality of these titles, both of which are scheduled to release on March 20th. Speaking about the passion and creativity of the fans, Kyogoku said, "I definitely do notice and have noticed that there’s a lot of Doom and Animal Crossing collaboration art and illustrations that are being posted, and as I look through them I’m in awe of how much creativity our fans have." Nogami sees the crossover, in a broader sense, as a celebration of games, despite the two games' vastly different genres and appeals, which is something to be celebrated. Speaking about this, Nogami said, "We definitely do have something in common, and that is that they’re both video games, and come from that same subculture so to speak. It’s so great to see that these two different fandoms are coming together and hyping up the gaming community and gaming culture itself."

Despite not being in the same genre, fans have seemingly banded around these two disparate titles, creating unique creations that celebrate the unique qualities of each. Additionally, catching the attention of developers is certainly exciting, especially when they respond in such a positive way to an ultimately strange pairing of games.

It might just be as Kyogoku says, that the community forming between these titles is attributable to communication between the fanbases and that Animal Crossing is a game series based on communication, giving some sort of common denominator to the otherwise unrelated releases. Whatever the case, the combination of Doom and Animal Crossing: New Horizons is just the kind of wholesome content the gaming industry needs right now, creating a deep sense of community for two of the year's biggest releases so far.

Next: Animal Crossing New Horizons: Every New and Returning Villager

Animal Crossing: New Horizons will release on March 20th on Nintendo Switch.

DOOM Eternal will also release on March 20th for PS4, Xbox One, Stadia, and PC, with a Switch port on the way in the future.

Source: IGN

Fox Snatches Up Tubi in Massive $440M Deal After Selling Stake in Roku

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The streaming wars continue to heat up as Fox has purchased Tubi, while selling its stake in Roku.
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