One of the stars of the summer in 2018 was Henry Cavill. His role in “Mission: Impossible – Fallout” gave him a huge boost as an action star. He found fame back in 2013 with “Man of Steel” and has spent the past five years as the Superman of the DC Universe. He also turned in an underrated performance in “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.” for Guy Ritchie. With the DC Universe future seemingly up in the air, Cavill is making a smart move to take on a Netflix series. Even better, it’s going to be a big budget adaption of “The Witcher” video game series.
In a press release from Netflix, Cavill will officially take on the role of Geralt of Rivia. Geralt is a soldier and monster hunter. Geralt lives his life alone, training from a young age to kill monsters. When given magic, they are stripped of the ability to feel or show emotion.
In essence, Geralt can be compared to a “Man with No Name” but placed in a fantasy world. As he collects bounties and kills monsters, he lives a solitary existence. However, he is often thrust into stories and adventures of others. Geralt takes on more a hero role, often serving as a protector to those around him. For the Netflix series, Geralt helps a sorceress and princess navigate the continent where they fight for survival.
The choice to cast someone as big as Cavill shows Netflix will not be playing around with this season. Many have wondered what Netflix would try to do once “Game of Thrones” left a void in the fantasy television world. It appears we have their answer. Lauren Schmidt Hissrich serves as showrunner, and with the Marvel shows under her belt, could deliver a super hit for Netflix.