Henry Cavill reportedly fought hard for the role of Geralt of Rivia in Netflix's The Witcher, and it seems that a lot of passion has gone into it. In fact, after the many interviews in which showrunner Lauren Hissrich has told the story of Cavill's casting, one might argue that the role was practically written for the former DCEU actor.
Yet, according to Cavill -- despite the undeniable complexity of Geralt of Rivia or the world surrounding him -- no special preparation was required and it's all thanks to the developers at CD Projekt Red as well as the author that started it all, Andrzej Sapkowski.
In a recently published interview with Première magazine, Cavill explained (translated from French), "I didn't even need to prepare myself for the role... I breathe, I live this universe every day," referring to the fact that he went into the role having already been a fan of both the video games and Sapkowski's novel series. "I already had numerous opportunities to think about the character while I was playing the games. My preparation was already done before casting started!"
The passion Cavill has for the character continued on to the set of The Witcher and the role evidently deepened his appreciation for Geralt. In the same interview with Première, the actor talked about the costume, both the armor and wig, he was required to wear, stating, "I had to get used to it at first. It was a bit uncomfortable, but then I forgot it completely!" adding, "Each morning... I go one step further into embodying the character. It allows me to slip into Geralt's shoes."
The Witcher stars Henry Cavill as Geralt of Rivia, Anya Chalotra as Yennefer of Vengerberg, Freya Allan as Ciri and Joey Batey as Jaskier. The series will be available to stream on Netflix this December.