It’s been a long time coming but Netflix will be taking up the venue at San Diego Comic-Con (Thursday 18th -Sunday 21st July 2019) it’s been gearing up for nearly three years – the venerated ‘Colosseum Of Dreams’™, Hall H, will play host to the streaming services debut glimpses of upcoming epics, THE WITCHER and THE DARK CRYSTAL: AGE OF RESISTANCE.
This is big stuff. Netflix has had a presence at the convention before, sure, with booths and off-site activations and lots and lots of pretty posters everywhere – even a couple of nicely received panels dotted around the Convention Centre – but this will be the first time they’ve held court in Hall H.
And the old adage of ‘go hard or go home’? Netflix is taking that truly to heart, possibly in an attempt to remind potential subscribers that, before Disney+ comes along to piddle on their parade, they were the first ones to invest in genre properties and bring the big guns to the small screen.
It all happens on the Friday of San Diego Comic-Con from 2.15pm till 5.15pm to be exact (Friday 19th July) when they will be bringing cast and crew of both shows to the 6,300 capacity arena. You can expect host Yvette Nicole Brown to geek out hard herself as she looks cast members Henry Cavill, Anya Cholatra and Freya Allan down the table to ask them about their funky haircuts and battling with monsters who aren’t there and will be added by ‘pooters later.
(No word yet on who will be showing up to represent THE DARK CRYSTAL: AGE OF RESISTANCE yet but all they have to do is bring a sliver of the already-announced cast and it will be the superstar-heavy panel of THE ENTIRE CON! Seriously, the voice cast for this show is utterly insane!)
All of this has been announced as both shows get a social media bump (follow THE WITCHER on their Instagram, Facebook and Twitter pages, while THE DARK CRYSTAL gets Instagram, Facebook and Twitter pages, also). We also get a nice selection of tasty preview images to whet the appetite ahead of this incredible set of presentations. Expect teaser trailers to drop, just as the panels either are in progress or wrap up.
Excited? What are you looking forward to from these panels? Comment below, nerds!
From the Netflix press release:
NETFLIX ANNOUNCES SDCC 2019 LINEUP
NETFLIX is headed to San Diego Comic-Con with two panels starting at 2:15 PM on July 19 in Hall H. Moderated by accomplished actress and host and beloved sci-fi fan Yvette Nicole Brown (“Community,” “Mom”), THE WITCHER panel will include cast members Henry Cavill, Anya Chalotra, and Freya Allan alongside showrunner Lauren Schmidt Hissrich. NX, the @netflix space for everything super, sci-fi, gaming, fantasy, anime, and beyond will be the place for fans to track all news on the series out of the convention on @NXonNetflix Twitter and Instagram handles.
Based on the best-selling fantasy series of books, THE WITCHER is an epic tale of fate and family. Geralt of Rivia, a solitary monster hunter, struggles to find his place in a world where people often prove more wicked than beasts. But when destiny hurtles him toward a powerful sorceress, and a young princess with a dangerous secret, the three must learn to navigate the increasingly volatile Continent together.
Henry Cavill (Mission Impossible – Fallout, Justice League) 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: A NETFLIX ORIGINAL SERIES (Friday, 7/19/2019; 2:15PM – 3:00PM) Hall H
Based on the best-selling fantasy series of books, THE WITCHER is an epic tale of fate and family. Be among the first to get the exclusive scoop on the highly anticipated new Netflix original series centering around famed monster hunter, Geralt of Rivia. Be introduced to the 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.
- NETFLIX PRESENTS: THE DARK CRYSTAL: AGE OF RESISTANCE (Friday, 7/19/2019; 3:30PM – 5:15PM) Hall H
Netflix presents an exclusive sneak peek at the highly-anticipated fantasy series, THE DARK CRYSTAL: AGE OF RESISTANCE, based on Jim Henson’s groundbreaking 1982 feature film, THE DARK CRYSTAL. In this stunning new prequel, three Gelfling discover the horrifying secret behind the Skeksis’ power, and set out on an epic journey to ignite the fires of rebellion and save their world. Realized using classic puppetry with cutting edge visual effects, the cast and creators discuss all of your burning questions about bringing Thra to life.