'The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf': Release Date, Cast, Trailer and Plot

Netflix is expanding the universe of its hit show The Witcher with a new prequel, an anime film titled The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf.

The animated movie explores the origins of Geralt of Rivia's mentor Vesemir, following the witcher as he traverses The Continent slaying monsters.

Vesemir is set to appear opposite Henry Cavill's Geralt in The Witcher's second season, which returns on December 17, and the anime movie acts as an introduction to the character.

Newsweek has everything you need to know about The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf including release date, cast, trailer, plot and more.

When Is 'The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf' Out?

It was revealed during WitcherCon 2021 on July 9 that the 82-minute film will be released on August 23.

Sharing the first look trailer of the animated flick, Netflix teased on Twitter: "When you're a monster hunter, every deal has a price. The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf premieres August 23 only on @netflix"

Vesemir in The Witcher
Vesemir in "The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf." Netflix

Who Will Star in 'The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf'?

Although Kim Bodnia is set to take on the role of Vesemir in the live-action series, the character is voiced by Theo James in the English dub.

There are three other characters who will appear in the anime film alongside Vesemir: Tetra, Deglan, and Lady Zerbst.

Lara Pulver will voice Tetra, while Graham McTavish is set to portray Deglan, and Mary McDonnell will play Lady Zerbst.

McTavish is the only member of the voice cast who will also appear in The Witcher's live-action series, as it was recently revealed he will portray Dijkstra.

There will also be a Japanese dub of the film available, with Yuuya Uchida playing Vesemir, Mie Sonozaki playing Tetra, Masafumi Kimura as Deglan, and Yukari Nozawa as Lady Zerbst.

What Will Happen In 'The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf'?

The 82-minute film follows Vesemir after he escaped a life of poverty to fight monsters for money.

During his adventures across The Continent, Vesemir comes across a strange creature that has been terrorizing a local kingdom.

In order to defeat the monster, the witcher is forced to go on a terrifying journey as he confronts his past demons.

The official synopsis reads: "Long before mentoring Geralt, Vesemir begins his own journey as a witcher after the mysterious Deglan claims him through the Law of Surprise."

The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf was written by Beau de Mayo. The Witcher showrunner Lauren Schmidt Hissrich takes on the same role for the film and is also an executive producer.

Kwang Il Han, who has previously worked on Avatar: The Last Airbender and Legend of Korra has directed the film.

Henry Cavill in The Witcher
Henry Cavill portrays Geralt of Rivia in "The Witcher," a monster slayer whose mentor was Vesemir. The two characters are set to meet again in the show's second season, which will be released on December 17 on Netflix. Netflix

Is There a Trailer For 'The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf'?

During the virtual WitcherCon event earlier in July, Netflix revealed a "Date Announcement" trailer that gave fans a teaser of the flick.

While it did not feature any dialogue from Vesemir or the other characters, it did show him wearing The Witcher's iconic wolf medallion.

On August 8, Netflix released a full-length trailer for the film, which teased its dramatic plot and showed Vesemir as a young boy enduring the experiments that made him into a Witcher.

In the trailer, Vesemir fights a number of terrifying creatures alongside witch Tetra, who was also seen using her magic to fend off the monsters.

Tensions are also clearly rising between the Witchers and men, as one character warns Vesemir that "the only thing keeping them from hunting us are the scarier bests we keep away."

Vesemir also meets with Filavandrel aén Fidháil, the king of the Elves who made a brief appearance in the Netflix series.

The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf will be released globally on Monday August 23 on Netflix.

Update 8/09/2021 11.40 a.m. ET: This article was updated to include The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf's full-length trailer and more information about the clip.