Check Out Henry Cavill And His Magical Mane In The Trailer For Netflix's The Witcher
Henry Cavill truly has a face to fit all roles. After a successful stint not only as the world most famous chisel-jawed superhero, but also as a villain in a Mission: Impossible and a soldier in Sand Castle, Cavill is set to take on a slightly more obscure role, returning to the world of epic fantasy for the first time since his appearance in 2011's Immortals as the leading character in Netflix's upcoming adaptation of The Witcher.
Cavill made the announcement himself via his Instagram feed, renaming his Netflix profile as the game's eponymous hero, The Witcher Geralt of Rivia. Netflix later confirmed the casting through their See What's Next Twitter feed, and shortly after, they released the first proper look at Cavill in his full monster-hunting garb. Just look at that mane.
Henry Cavill will play Geralt in #TheWitcher — an epic, eight-episode fantasy series based on the best-selling book series!! pic.twitter.com/fBv0Gpkif9— See What's Next (@seewhatsnext) 4 September 2018
For those not inclined towards the world of video games, most know The Witcher from the game The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, which came out in 2015 to critical acclaim. The game was an epic fantasy RPG, where the player takes on the role of professional monster hunter-for-hire (or 'Witcher') Geralt of Rivia. Taking place in a fictional medieval world similar to that of The Elder Scrolls and Lord of the Rings, it follows the adventures of Geralt, who has been mutated and trained from an early age to hunt monsters, throughout a world where he finds that "humans are often more wicked than beasts."
Its story, gameplay, and rich, detailed world earned it a reputation as one of the greatest games of all time, but what many people don't know is that The Witcher game series is actually derived from a series of Polish fantasy novels written by Andrzej Sapkowski.
With The Witcher 3 selling over 10 million copies worldwide, it's long been one of the hottest prospects for production companies looking to make a commercially successful video game adaptation - something that's long alluded even the most seasoned movie studios for a long time. However, Netflix's adaptation of the series will draw from the stories of the Novels, rather than serve as an outright copy of the game itself. Cavill himself is a noted fan of the series, with a tweet from the series' showrunner, Lauren Hissrich, confirming that Cavill was a natural fit for the role of Geralt from the get-go.
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.— Lauren S. Hissrich (@LHissrich) 4 September 2018
It took until this July for Netflix to give any more word on the show, as they dropped a whole new host of teaser images, giving us a much more well-rounded look at how Cavill looks in the role along with his cast mates, along with the show's first teaser trailer.
The series of posts Netflix made on Instagram also introduced Freya Allan as Princess Ciri and Anya Chalotra as Yennefer of Vengerberg.
The series looks very, very heavily influenced by the magical context of the game, and is definitely infused with a gritty air that runs underneath The Witcher's whimsical world. We've also been given the first couple of glimpses of the kind of monsters Geralt will be hunting, which has since been expanded on in greater detail with the main (and presumably final) trailer for the show, which dropped today.
Already, reception to the trailer has. been positive, with fans commenting that Cavill has nailed the tone and voice of Geralt pretty much perfectly.
The first series of The Witcher will come on December 20 and run for 8 episodes, however it's likely that this could end up being a rather lengthy commitment for Cavill and Netflix. Filming took place over the course of last year around Budapest and its Eastern European surrounds.