Fans of The Witcher video game series, as well as the books they’re based on should be excited today. Netflix has announced that actor Henry Cavill (The Tudors, Man of Steel) has been cast in the role of Geralt of Rivia, the leading man of the series.
The Witcher follows Geralt as he travels the land, working as a monster hunter for hire. He faces off against vampires, werewolves, trolls, witches, and forest elementals. He also has no problem putting corrupt and cruel people to the sword when he crosses them. In his travels he comes across an alluring sorceress, and is hired to train a young princess in the Witcher arts.
Cavill has been chasing this role since the series was just a rumor, discussing it during an interview with IGN, stating he’s played through The Witcher 3 multiple times, as well as having read all the original books by Andrzej Sapkowski, calling them “amazing”. It always makes me excited to see an actor obtain a role that they genuinely know and care about.
The lead writer on the series is Lauren Schmidt, known for penning episodes of The West Wing, as well as Netflix’s Daredevil and The Defenders. Her list of meticulously developed characters and her ability to write impressive action should give any worriers some relief. It also shouldn’t stray off the rails with Sapkowski himself working on the project as a creative consultant.
The Witcher is an exciting addition to Netflix’s ever-growing list of original content including the upcoming Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.
The streaming service hasn’t announced a release date yet, but expectations for the 8-episode series are for sometime in 2020. More than enough time to read the books and play the games so you’re all caught up.