Netflix is riding high on the success of fantasy series The Witcher, but with The Letter for the King, the streamer aims to deliver a more age-appropriate fantasy story adaptation. This source story hails from Tonke Dragt, the Dutch writer/illustrator of children’s books whose “De brief voor de Koning” was first published in 1962 to much acclaim and success. A sequel story, “Geheimen van het Wilde Woud” (The Secrets of the Wild Wood) was published in 1965, so if this live-action series generates momentum, perhaps we’ll see that story come to life as well.
From showrunner Will Davies, who executive produces alongside Paul Trijbits, The Letter for the King stars Amir Wilson, Ruby Serkis, Gjis Blom, and Thaddea Graham; you can probably spot a quick cameo by Andy Serkis as well. All six 45-minute episodes arrive on Netflix on March 20th; be sure to add it to your watchlist today.
Check out the first trailer here:
Here’s the official synopsis:
The Letter for the King is the story of a ruthless prince who threatens to cast the world into darkness, when a young knight in training named Tiuri (Amir Wilson) embarks on an epic quest to deliver a secret letter to the king. Along the way, he unexpectedly finds himself at the center of a magical prophecy foretelling the rise of a hero who can defeat the prince and restore peace. If he’s going to survive the journey, Tiuri will have to learn what it means to be a true knight — and a true leader.
The story is based on the best-selling novel of the same name and also stars Ruby Serkis, Thaddea Graham and Gijs Blom. The Letter for the King is written by Will Davies (How To Train Your Dragon, Johnny English, Puss in Boots) who also serves as executive producer. Paul Trijbits (Saving Mr. Banks, Sing Street, The Casual Vacancy) is also an executive producer. The 6-episode original series is produced by FilmWave.