Henry Cavill to Lead Netflix’s ‘The Witcher’ Series

You have to hand it to Netflix: it seems almost everyday it has a big new project being announced or new trailer being released.

The streaming giant has in the works a series adaptation of The Witcher, the best-selling fantasy saga written by Polish writer Andrzej Sapkowski, and Henry Cavill has been announced as the star. Many will of course know The Witcher video game franchise; 2015’s The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has been a gigantic hit, both critically and financially.

Cavill will be taking on the role of Geralt of Rivia, a solitary monster hunter struggling to find his place in a world where people often prove more wicked than beasts. Destiny leads him toward a powerful sorceress and a young princess with a dangerous secret, and the three must learn to navigate the increasingly volatile Continent together.

The Man of Steel actor took to Instagram with the following:

On board as showrunner/executive producer on the 8-episode series is Lauren Schmidt Hissrich, who worked as co-executive producer on Netflix-Marvel shows Daredevil and The Defenders. 4 episodes will be directed by Alik Sakharov (House of Cards, Game of Thrones), 2 by Alex Garcia Lopez (Luke Cage, Utopia), and 2 by Charlotte Brändström (Outlander, Counterpart).

Cavill was recently seen opposite Tom Cruise in Mission: Impossible – Fallout and next up has action-thriller Nomis, also starring Ben Kingsley, Alexandra Daddario and Stanley Tucci.

Image credit: Warner Bros.


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