Actor Henry Cavill said he wants to play Geralt in the Netflix adaptation of The Witcher series.
You might know Cavill better as Superman in the DC movies, or from his most recent portrayal as the CIA villain in Mission Impossible: Fallout. He might be a bit of a pretty-boy meathead on the outside, but on the inside, he’s a hardcore gamer.
When Cavill landed the role of Superman way back in 2013, he actually nearly let director Zach Snyder go to voicemail because he was too busy playing World of Warcraft. He’s also not been too shy about his love for Skyrim as well as his love for another fantasy series from CD Projekt Red: The Witcher.
In a recent press pow-wow with IGN, Cavill let it be known that Netflix should get in touch with his people for their upcoming Witcher TV series. He’d love to play the part of Geralt, the series’ monster-slaying hero.
"Absolutely,” he said when IGN asked if he’d like to play the part. “Yeah, that would be an amazing role."
Cavill almost glossed over the possibility of starring in the new Netflix series to instead gush about another of his nerdy hobbies: reading. Specifically, the fantasy novels by Andrzej Sapkowski which eventually became the source material for The Witcher.
Apparently the Netflix series is going to be based more on the novels than the games, which is something we have Cavill to thank for letting out of the bag.
Netflix has put star producer Lauren S. Hissrich in charge of The Witcher series for her previous success on Daredevil and The Defenders. Writers from Jessica Jones and Amazon Prime’s The Tick are also said to be involved with the project.
According to IGN, the pilot episode has already been filmed with the series’ script also already written. This might make Cavill’s plans for playing Geralt a little difficult unless Netflix is willing to recast partway into production. But with Cavill working on big Hollywood projects like Mission Impossible, it seems unlikely that Netflix would be able to afford him.
Then again, to play the nerdy role of a lifetime, Cavill just might be willing to take the pay cut.