Casting News: Henry Cavill to Take Lead in New TV Series 'The Witcher'

Henry Cavill (Man of Steel, The Tudors) is set to take on the lead role of Geralt of Rivia in the forthcoming Netflix series The Witcher. The series is based on the fantasy short stories and novels by Andrzej Sapkowski, which first kicked off in the mid-1980s.

There's also a video game, which it appears Cavill is a fan of, talking about it to IGN earlier this month, saying,"The Witcher 3. I just replayed all the way through. Love that game. Really good game."

Now that the casting has been announced, Cavill has updated his mailing address to reflect his new role via Instagram:

If you're not familiar with the story, which also comes in comic book form, a witcher is a monster hunter, who uses training and body modification to battle the supernatural, set in an alternate universe. Geralt finds himself in a world where people sometimes are "more wicked than beasts," according to the series' description.

Showrunner Lauren Schmidt Hissrich describes his character in more detail, saying he's "stoic, circumspect, balanced, fierce." Apparently, he's "hiding a soft place in his heart that he'll never reveal..." at least, not "until the end and even then it will just be a hint."

Geralt works alone for the most part, but he meets Ciri, a child of destiny. She is a princess-turned-witcher-in-training. The "soft spot" Hissrich refers to in the above, may be hinting at Geralt's compulsion to protect this child.

This isn't the first time The Witcher will be made into a TV series, having already been adapted in its origin country of Poland in 2002:

The eight-part Netflix series is predicted to have a 2020 release.

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