One of Netflix’s most anticipated original series is its adaptation of The Witcher, not least because Henry “Superman” Cavill has bagged the starring role. Now, we’ve got our first glimpse of what exactly that looks like, with the first official image and video from the set of the show.
Based on the best-selling fantasy series by Andrzej Sapkowski, The Witcher is an epic tale of fate and family. The Mission Impossible – Fallout and Justice League star will lead the cast of series as Geralt of Rivia, a solitary monster hunter, who struggles to find his place in a world where people often prove more wicked than beasts. But when destiny hurtles him toward a powerful sorceress, and a young princess with a dangerous secret, the three must learn to navigate the increasingly volatile continent together.
The Witcher showrunner and Executive Producer, Lauren Schmidt Hissrich (Marvel’s Daredevil, Marvel’s The Defenders, Umbrella Academy) is adapting the show for the screen, and has already promised fans that it will not be watered down.
Cavill will be joined by Freya Allen (Into the Badlands) as Ciri, Princess of Cintra. Other characters from the court at Cintra include Queen Calanthe (Jodhi May, Game of Thrones, Genius), and her husband, the knight Eist (Björn Hlynur Haraldsson, Fortitude), along with the druid Mousesack (Adam Levy, Knightfall, Snatch). The sorceress Yennefer will be played by Anya Chalotra (The ABC Murders, Wanderlust). Leading the magical academy at Aretuza is Tissaia (MyAnna Buring, Ripper Street, Kill List), and Yennefer is joined by other novice sorcerers Fringilla (Mimi Ndiweni, Black Earth Rising), Sabrina (Therica Wilson-Read, Profile). Also joining the cast is Millie Brady (The Last Kingdom, Teen Spirit) as the outcast Princess Renfri.
“Casting The Witcher has been one of the biggest projects of my career, and undoubtedly the most exciting. I can’t wait for these wonderful actors to bring such iconic and loved characters to life on screen, and to share these special stories with viewers all over the world,” she said of the most recent casting additions to the show.
Cavill is “a massive fan” of Andrzej Sapkowski’s series of fantasy short stories and novels about the witcher. The series is directed by Alex Garcia Lopez (Marvel’s Luke Cage, Utopia), Charlotte Brändström (Outlander) and Alik Sakharov (House of Cards, Game of Thrones), with Lauren Schmidt Hissrich (Marvel’s Daredevil, Marvel’s The Defenders, Umbrella Academy) serving as showrunner. Sakharov and Hissrich will exec-produce the series. Netflix has ordered an eight-episode first season.
Here’s the video of Cavill’s Geralt: