Henry Cavill is confirmed to be playing the part of Geralt in Netflix’s upcoming Witcher TV-series.
Last month we’d heard reports that British actor Henry Cavill would love to play Geralt in Netflix’s new show. Apparently, he’s a big fan of the game franchise and an even bigger fan of the books.
In an interview with IGN, Cavill said he’d “absolutely” be on board as Geralt and that it would be an “amazing role.”
But we didn’t think it would happen. First, Cavill was speaking entirely in hypotheticals which sort of led us to assume that his busy schedule of making triple-A blockbuster movies just didn’t give him the kind of time to star in a Netflix series. Second, we knew that the pilot episode had already been shot, which led us to also assume that someone had already been cast, we just didn’t know who it was.
Well, it turns out Cavill may have been playing a bit of a trick on us. In a new report from Variety, we’re told that Netflix has indeed signed Cavill on to play the part of Geralt in their new Witcher TV show.
We also got a few other juicy tidbits, like how the first season is going to be eight episodes and that Geralt will meet up with a princess and a sorceress and go on some wacky adventures. That sounds generally like the plot of the game, but we’re also told that the Netflix series will more closely follow the plot of the books.
But then, we were also of the mind that Cavill wasn’t going to be Geralt, so who knows what’s going to happen?
Henry confirmed the casting on his Instagram where he set his Netflix account to read as “Geralt of Rivia.”
And if that wasn’t enough, we’ve even got the show’s lead writer, Lauren S. Hissrich, to give us the good news too.
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
It should be noted that Hissrich seems to say that she and Cavill met several months ago, long before the IGN interview, and also made it seem like Cavill was a shoe-in for the role even back then. Which means that Cavill was playing coy throughout the IGN interview with his casting as Geralt. Could be that Netflix simply hadn’t provided their final confirmation until today, but c’mon! Who would say no to Cavill?!
Congratulations to Cavill on landing the gig. It’s sure to make for a fantastic new Netflix show to binge.