Henry Cavill to Play Geralt of Rivia in Netflix’s The Witcher Series

Fresh off Mission: Impossible – Fallout and Justice League, Henry Cavill is taking on the leading role in a new franchise: He will play Geralt of Rivia in The Witcher, Netflix’s television adaptation of Andrzej Sapkowski’s fantasy book series. While the adaptation has been in the works for over a year, this casting news is a huge step forward in the series’ development.

Cavill shared the news via a cheeky Instagram post:

Henry Cavill Geralt of Rivia The Witcher adaptation casting news Netflix Andrzej Sapkowski

Netflix’s See What’s Next Twitter account followed up with a tweet confirming that the fantasy series will consist of eight episodes:

And showrunner/executive producer Lauren Schmidt Hissrich (Daredevil, The Defenders, Umbrella Academy) shared her delight with the series’ lead:

Sapkowski will serve as a creative consultant on the series. Director Alik Sakharov (Game of Thrones) will also be an EP, as well as direct the pilot and three other episodes; future directors include Alex Garcia Lopez (Luke Cage, Utopia) and Charlotte Brändström (Outlander, Counterpart). The official logline, from Netflix’s press release:

Based on the best-selling fantasy series, The Witcher is an epic tale of fate and family. Geralt of Rivia, a solitary monster hunter, struggles to find his place in a world where people often prove more wicked than beasts. But when destiny hurtles him toward a powerful sorceress, and a young princess with a dangerous secret, the three must learn to navigate the increasingly volatile Continent together.

Who do you want to see as the rest of the Witcher cast?

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