The Witcher TV series just found its Geralt of Rivia: Henry Cavill.
DC’s big screen Superman is headed back to TV, as the production of The Witcher picks up steam. The series has been in development for over a year now, and this is one of the biggest pieces of information fans have received so far.
Although many are familiar with the Witcher series through CD Projekt Red’s massively acclaimed video game trilogy, the television series is instead based on Andrzej Sapkowski’s literary works, from which the games themselves spawned. Even then, most of the characters we are familiar with are likely to show up in the series. Just don’t expect the lore of the games to be influential on the narrative.
With the news that Amazon’s Lord of the Rings is slated to be the most expensive series in TV history, it seems that Netflix has chosen The Witcher to be its main competition. The fantasy genre was made widely popular for TV by HBO’s Game of Thrones, and now other studios are jumping into the fray. The story of The Witcher captivated millions of gamers, and its ascension to television will surely do the same thing to a wider audience.
Now that Geralt of Rivia is cast, we can expect announcements for Yennefer of Vengerberg or Triss Merigold to come out soon. For more Witcher news, stay tuned to Parallax Media.
Geralt of Rivia is often a solemn character, with the occasional flash of humor and empathy. Personally, I think Henry Cavill has a great range and will breathe life into Geralt’s character. Although some consider his role as Superman a blunder, I think the fault is not necessarily his alone. In other works, Cavill’s brilliance as an actor has shined through and I sincerely hope the same is true of The Witcher.
As a whole, I am very excited for this rendition of Geralt’s story. Long-form TV fantasy has shown to be very effective in conveying a gripping story full of empathetic characters. Plus, The Witcher’s world is rife with political intrigue that matches even Game of Thrones. With a bit more magic, of course. Who knows, maybe if the series is successful it could prompt CD Projekt Red into a potential Witcher 4.