Henry Cavill to star in Netflix's The Witcher TV series

By Charlotte Whyatt - Wed 5th Sep 2018 News

This will be Cavill’s first TV role since period drama The Tudors ended in 2010.

Superman actor Henry Cavill is to play the lead role in Netflix’s upcoming The Witcher TV series, Variety has announced.

Based on Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski’s acclaimed series of fantasy novels, The Witcher will follow the dark and mystical adventures of powerful monster hunter Geralt of Riveria (Cavill) across the kingdom of Continent.

It’s not yet clear whether it'll be a direct adaptation of the first book in Sapkowski's series Blood of Elves or combine different elements of all eight.

Further casting and an official release date have yet to be announced, but Daredevil and The Defenders co-writer Lauren Schmidt Hissrich will serve as the main showrunner. 

Executive producer Alik Sakharov, whose also helmed episodes of Game of Thrones and House of Cards, will direct four of the eight episodes while Alex Garcia Lopez, and Charlotte Brändström will do two each.

Sapkowski’s novel have also been adapted into an incredibly successful video game franchise of the same name by Polish developer CD Projekt Red, the third of which is widely considered to be one of the best of all time.

As to be expected, fan reaction to Cavill's casting has been quite mixed with some taking to Twitter to express their excitement and others to criticize what they believe is the wrong decision.

Source: Variety