The long-awaited Netflix series based on The Witcher books and video games has finally found it’s Geralt of Rivia in none other than… Henry Cavill?
Yes, the cleft-chinned Man o’ Steel will be taking on the role of the infamous Witcher, in Netflix’s upcoming 8 episode series. The show will be based on the fantastic Andrzej Sapkowski novels as well as the incredible Witcher games.
Netflix has characterized the show as “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.”
Apparently, the Show Boss, Lauren Hissrich, had her eye on Cavill long before the script had even been written.
He was my first meeting. I didn’t have writers or scripts yet – just a greenlight and a lot of passion. That was four months ago, and I’ve never forgotten the passion he brought. He IS Geralt. He always has been. I’m so thrilled to welcome HENRY CAVILL to the #Witcher family.
— Lauren S. Hissrich (@LHissrich) September 4, 2018
Cavill has previously expressed interest in the role during an interview with IGN, claiming to be a big fan of the books and video games. “The books are amazing… I started reading, and they are well worth a read.” I mean, if that conviction doesn’t sell you I don’t know what will. While Henry Cavill has proven to be a good actor, and while I don’t doubt his love for the series… I just wouldn’t have gone with him as my first choice.
Hissrich will be the showrunner for the first season. Her previous works include Marvel’s Daredevil and the Defenders, along with the upcoming Netflix show Umbrella Academy.
Joining Hissrich will be Game of Thrones cinematographer/director Alik Sakharov, who will direct 4 episodes, including the pilot. Luke Cage director Alex Garcia Lopez and director of Outlander Charlotte Brändström will direct two episodes each as well. The Witcher series will be Cavill’s first regular TV role since his time on the Tudors in 2007-2010.