'The Witcher' final trailer promises feuding kingdoms, fantasy powers

It's a little bit "Lord of the Rings," a little bit "Game of Thrones" -- Netflix's adaptation of "The Witcher," already a hit video game series, is heading for a December 20 debut with this final trailer.


[The Witcher | Final Trailer: youtu.be/eb90gqGYP9c]

With movie star Henry Cavill playing its title character, eight-part series "The Witcher" is preparing to gallop onto Netflix on December 20.

Armies clash and a kingdom's fate hangs in the balance in this final trailer, with Cavill's Geralt of Rivia -- The Witcher -- playing a decisive role in the outcome.

Yet despite the loner's focused stoicism in high stakes situations, there's evidently room for a little humor, as the trailer's closing moments show.

The show's launch arrives the same week that "Star Wars: Episode IX - The Rise of Skywalker" releases in theaters and a week after video game-themed comedy adventure "Jumanji: The Next Level."

Netflix has already ordered a second season.

Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski debuted his fantasy series in 1993, a collection now numbering eight novels and short story compilations, as well as several more anthologies and spin-offs.

Game studio CD Projekt Red then popularized the series among video game fans, first through 2003's action adventure "The Witcher" and then, over the next 15 years, two award-winning direct sequels, a pair of digital card games, and a board game spin-off.