After weeks of speculation, Henry Cavill has officially been cast in the title role of Geralt of Rivia for Netflix’s upcoming Witcher adaptation and he’s provided a cheeky first response to the news on his Instagram account.
News on Cavill’s casting in the fantasy series broke this morning with showrunner Lauren Schmidt Hissrich confirming the news with the revelation that she had first met the actor four months ago for the part. In celebration of his casting, Cavill has changed his own Netflix profile to Geralt of Rivia as a wink to his new character’s name.
Cavill had first publicly expressed interest in the part last month while doing press to promote his latest film Mission: Impossible — Fallout revealing himself as a fan of both the original fantasy novels by Andrzej Sapkowski and the acclaimed video game adaptations by CD Projekt Red. The internet went wild with this news even going as far as to provide fan art of Cavill as the dark fantasy monster hunter.
With filming expected to begin on location in Eastern Europe before the end of the year, it will be interesting to see how Cavill will look in-character as he takes on the iconic role.
Based on the fantasy novel series of the same name by Andrzej Sapkowski, The Witcher is developed for television by Lauren Schmidt Hissrich (The Defenders). The adaptation stars Henry Cavill as the title character and is expected to premiere for its eight-episode first season sometime in either late 2019 or early 2020 on Netflix.
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