Amongst the many, many expensive projects Netflix is splashing money on over the next few years, one of the more interesting things in the works is a live-action TV adaptation of The Witcher.
With The Witcher having been already adapted into a couple of terrible TV shows and a trilogy of critically-acclaimed video games, Netflix’s Witcher series is already facing an uphill battle to bring something new to the table.
However, even if the whole thing ends up sucking, it certainly won’t have anything to do with the casting because Netflix has hired Henry Cavill to play the lead role of Geralt of Rivia.
The current face and body of Superman will be Geralt in Netflix’s planned eight-episode Witcher series, and it will mark his first TV role since The Tudors.
Now say what you will about Cavill, who can be a bit of a brainless idiot sometimes, but his casting in The Witcher is absolutely spot-on.
The bloke has made it no secret that he is a big fan of The Witcher series, having read all the novels. In fact, he’s publicly said on camera that his dream would be to play Geralt someday, so there’s no doubt about Cavill’s enthusiams and his knowledge of Witcher stuff.
More importantly, Cavill’s chiseled looks make him physically perfect as Geralt.
I mean, check out this little piece of fanart on what the guy would look like as the long-haired monster hunter. Provided that Netflix don’t do some weird CGI stuff for the beard and mustache, I think we have a winner here.
Now there’s still some time before we see any glimpse of what Netflix’s Witcher series would even look like, mainly because showrunner Lauren Schmidt Hissrich only met with Cavill four months ago before any writers were hired or scripts were written.
But with an experiences showrunner who has worked on Daredevil and The Defenders at the helm, a Superman in the lead, and Netflix’s checkbook at the ready, all signs are looking positive for The Witcher series so far.
Plus, who wouldn’t want to see this particular scene lovingly recreated in real-life?