04 Sep NEW ROLE: Henry Cavill to Star in ‘Witcher’ Series at Netflix

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Henry Cavill will play the lead role in the upcoming Netflix series based on “The Witcher,” Variety reported, as Henry himself made an announcement on his Instagram account. 

 

The executive producer and showrunner of the upcoming "The Witcher" series Lauren Hissrich also confirmed this on Twitter and admitted that Henry Cavill suits the role perfectly: "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."

 

This will mark Henry’s first television role since 2010 when he last appeared on Showtime’s historical drama “The Tudors” as Charles Brandon, 1st Duke of Suffolk.

Based on the famous fantasy book series by Polish writer Andrzej Sapkowski, the storyline follows Geralt of Rivia, a witcher (magician, sorceress and warrior at once), a solitary monster hunter, as he 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.

“The Witcher” began as a series of short stories published in Poland in the 1980s. The most recent novel, “Season of Storms,” was published in 2013. The books have been described as having a cult following in Poland, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia, Ukraine, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Bulgaria and other Central and Eastern European countries. The series has also been adapted into a popular video game franchise as well as comic books and tabletop games.

Variety also reports, that Alik Sakharov, Alex Garcia Lopez, and Charlotte Brändström will all direct portions of the eight-episode first season, with Sakharov also serving as executive producer. Sakharov will direct four episodes, including the first. Garcia Lopez and Brändström will direct two each.

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