Fans of The Witcher fantasy series by author Andrzej Sapkowski are a tad worried about Henry Cavill leading as the amusingly dry demon slayer Geralt of Rivia in the Netflix adaptation. Although no one doubts his credentials seeing as he’s starred in blockbusters such as Mission Impossible: Fallout, The Man From U.N.C.L.E, and the infamous Man Of Steel, the community is concerned about his youthful appearance, along with the ‘teaser’ presenting him as a clean pretty boy wearing an obvious wig.
Get your first look at Henry Cavill in The Witcher! pic.twitter.com/1O2eWS1MkP— Netflix US (@netflix) October 31, 2018
With the showrunners aware about the controversy surrounding nearly all of the castings, producer Tomasz Baginski has attempted to reassure fans that Henry Cavill will do the character justice. In an interview with Onet Film (reported by Business Times and translated on Reddit), Baginski admitted to wanting to be tight-lipped, but described Cavill as a “big, strong guy”.
Saying Cavill is a towering bloke you wouldn’t want to fight in a bar is hardly going to satisfy fans of the books and video games as Geralt is much more than a gigantic hunk dreamed about by horny lasses. Still, despite the teaser not being the most promising glimpse, gamers and avid book readers should be excited about Cavill’s portrayal. No, he doesn’t have a beard or legitimate long hair, but what he does a possess is passion and a genuine love for the source material, as clearly demonstrated in the below interview with IGN.
Netflix announced that they had commissioned the adaption of The Witcher novels for the small screen back in May 2017. While it hasn’t been a smooth process with showrunner Lauren Schmidt Hissrich receiving a lot of flack on Twitter for the controversial rumours surrounding the casting of Ciri, Netflix executives are reportedly pleased enough to renew the series for multiple seasons before it even launches.
There’s no official announcement for when the show will release on Netflix, but the speculations suggest that The Witcher will debut in late 2019 or early 2020. Meanwhile, for fans of CD Projekt Red’s video game adaptations, there was an unlikely rumour about The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt coming to the Nintendo Switch.