Henry Cavill Cast as Lead in Netflix’s ‘The Witcher’ Series
Henry Cavill, better known as Superman in the DCEU, has been cast in the lead role in The Witcher, Netflix’s upcoming series based on the video game of the same name.
A few weeks ago we reported that Henry Cavill had shown an interest in playing the lead in the Netflix series The Witcher, as he is a big fan of the franchise and the novels. Now, according to THR, his dream has come true.
Cavill will be playing Geralt of Rivia, a monster hunter who struggles to find his place in a world where people often prove more wicked than the 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.
The Witcher will be an eight-episode series, with Lauren Schmidt Hissrich (Netflix’s Daredevil, The Defenders and Umbrella Academy) serving as showrunner and executive producer, alongside Alik Sakharov (House of Cards, Game of Thrones), with the latter set to direct four episodes, including the pilot.
Alex Garcia Lopez (Netflix’s Luke Cage, Daredevil, HBO’s Utopia and AMC’s Fear the Walking Dead) and Charlotte Brandstrom (Starz’s Outlander, Counterpart) will each direct two additional episodes.
To confirm the news, Cavill posted in his Instagram account a picture of his Netflix profile as Geralt of Rivia with his new address.
On her part, Lauren Schmidt Hissrich welcomed Cavill through her social media, saying he has always been part of 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
Geralt of Rivia marks Cavill’s return to television after five years, since his role as Charles Brandon in Showtime’s The Tudors.
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Currently, there is no set release date for Netflix’s The Witcher.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter