That’s right. The long-awaited news of who would play Geralt of Rivia in Netflix’s series production of The Witcher was confirmed to be none other than the rumored Henry Cavill, with showrunner Lauren Schmidt Hissrich commenting on Cavill’s hiring, tweeting, “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.”
The production was confirmed to be in the works last year as we mentioned in a previous podcast, with few details revealed beyond that it would be based on the series of eight fantasy novels and short-story collections written by Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski. The Witcher centers on Geralt, one of the groups of monster hunters known as “witchers,” who develop supernatural abilities to battle deadly creatures.
For weeks there has been speculation around the casting choice with Cavill even going as far as to play coy while expressing interest during a press promotion for his latest film Mission: Impossible – Fallout where he revealed himself to be a fan of the original fantasy novels and the acclaimed video game adaptations by CD Projekt Red with the statement, ‘The Witcher 3 I just replayed, all the way through. Love that game, really good game.” Then, when asked of his interest in playing Geralt of Rivia, the actor answered with an earnest “Absolutely, yeah. That would be an amazing role.” Cavill then proved how big a fan of the franchise he was by throwing a question back to his interviewer: “Have you read the books? The books are amazing,” he confirmed. “The books I started reading and they are well worth the read. They’re really, really good.”
The internet went wild in response to this news even going as far as to provide fan art of Cavill as the dark fantasy monster hunter providing a confidence and a perfect opportunity to announce the news to the public. With an eight-episode straight-to-series order, filming is expected to begin on location in Eastern Europe before the end of the year. With that in mind, it will be interesting to see how Cavill will look in-character as he takes on the iconic role when comparing to his current appearance.
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Source: CBR | Hollywood Reporter
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