Man of Steel and Mission Impossible actor, Henry Cavill, will star in Netflix’s adaptation of The Witcher.
The Superman star announced the news on social media, after hinting at his desire to play the role previously, with many fans backing him.
Netflix’s The Witcher Series will follow Geralt of Rivia through the beautifully crafted stories in Andrzej Sapkowski book series set before the events of the famous video game series.
Cavill is also a self-proclaimed fan of the series, which will have fans faithful for a good adaptation of the much loved protagonist. In an interview with IGN for the latest Mission Impossible, the discussion of The Witcher came up after Henry told the interviewer, Daniel Krupa, that he had just recently replayed The Witcher 3. Cavill stated that he “loved that game, it’s a really good game.” He also labelled the book series as amazing, after asking the interviewer if he had read them. He was also asked, during the interview, whether he’d be interesting in playing the role of Geralt, to which he replied, “Absolutely, yeah, that would be an amazing role.” Many believe this comment and his interest in the series as a whole, to be the reason for his selection as the White Wolf.
The Witcher’s show runner, Lauren Schmidt Hissrich. Also stated on Twitter that Henry Cavill was her first meeting, before any script or writers were involved. Going further as to say, “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.”
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
His work in the newest Mission Impossible and in 2013’s Man of Steel, showed his strong acting ability, and leaving much for fans to be optimistic about.
Geralt of Rivia is a Witcher, trained at Kaer Morhen, the home of the Wolf School Witchers. He underwent many mutations due to trials, which even led to him losing all body pigmentation. His pale skin and white hair earned him the name, “Gwynbleidd” or White Wolf, although he is also known as the Butcher of Blaviken.
Not much else is known about the series thus far. No other casting information or a release date have been announced, however, Netflix have 2019 as a release window for the show, so expect a release late next year.
By Jimmy Ioannou
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