Henry Cavill (Justice League) has been tapped to star as Geralt of Rivia in Netflix’s upcoming The Witcher series. Cavill, of course, is best known for his turn as Superman in three DC movies. The actor also happens to be a huge fan of The Witcher games from developer CD Projekt Red and the books by Polish writer Andrzej Sapkowski.
“Absolutely. Yeah, that would be an amazing role,” said Cavill in an interview with IGN regarding his interest in playing the protagonist of The Witcher series. “The Witcher 3. I just replayed all the way through. Love that game. Really good game.”
If the thought of the Man of Steel himself sitting down to enjoy a marathon Witcher 3 session throws you off a bit, that’s only because you haven’t heard some of the other interviews in which Cavill has professed his love for video games (particularly fantasy games). Along with The Witcher 3, Cavill has played quite a bit of Skyrim and World of Warcraft in the past. Actually, his love for WoW supposedly almost cost him the opportunity to play Superman.
Cavill also told IGN that he has read The Witcher books and believes that they are “amazing” and “well worth a read.”
Cavill’s casting lends some real star power to the series, and he has the kind of on-screen presence that an actor can never really “learn.” His presence in Mission Impossible: Fallout certainly convinced us that he can make a larger-than-life character like Geralt come to life.
The Witcher could hit the streaming service as early as 2020, according to showrunner Lauren S. Hissrich. Not much else about the series is set in stone as of yet. We do know that the first season will consist of eight episode and will each be about an hour long – though Hissrich claims there might be a little variation in each episode’s runtime. The show is being filmed in Eastern Europe. Read more about the show here.
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