There’s a lot going on with Henry Cavill at the moment. While he’s awaiting word form Warner Bros. on whether or not he’ll be donning Superman’s outfit again following last year’s Justice League, he’s currently on screen with Tom Cruise in one of the biggest hits around the world, Mission Impossible: Fallout, there are all of those rumors about him potentially replacing Daniel Craig as James Bond following the soon-to-begin-production Bond 25, and now comes word that the British actor is going to be starring in a new series for Netflix, The Witcher.
Interestingly, while promoting Fallout, he was asked by journalists whether or not he was a fan of the material and would be interested in starring in an adaptation. “Absolutely,” WinterIsComing.net reported the actor replying. “That would be an amazing role… The books are amazing. The books are really, really good. They are well worth a read.”
Netflix describes the show as follows: “The Witcher is an epic tale of fate and family. Geralt of Rivia [Cavill], 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 sorcereress, and a young princess with a dangerous secret, the three must learn to navigate the increasingly volatile continent together.”
The Witcher — which consists of novels and short stories — was created by Polish writer Andrzel Sapkowski, who decided he wanted to take the idea of a fairytale, but make it decidedly real. Over at EuroGamer.net, writer Robert Purchese proposes, “Take the Polish story of the poor cobbler who kills a dragon, for example. The cobbler achieves what warriors could not by tricking the dragon into eating a lamb stuffed with sulhur. The dragon drinks so much water from the nearby river in an effort to calm the raging fire in its belly, he pops.”
Replied Sapkowski, “It’s a lie! Poor cobblers make good shoes, they don’t kill monsters. Soldiers and knights? They are idiots, generally. And priests want only the money… So who’s killing monsters? Professionals. You dont call poor cobblers’ apprentices, you call for professonals. So then I invented the professional.”
Enter Geralt and, of course, Henry Cavill bringing him to life.