Netflix have found their leading man for their adaptation of The Witcher saga, a fantasy series that’s sure to invoke comparisons to HBO’s runaway success Game of Thrones and Amazon’s upcoming Lord of the Rings series.
The Witcher is an epic tale of fate and family. Geralt of Rivia, a solitary monster hunter, 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.
Henry Cavill currently stars in the critical and box office hit Mission Impossible – Fallout which has earned over $649 million worldwide. He is a massive fan of Andrzej Sapkowski’s series of fantasy short stories and novels.
Lauren Schmidt Hissrich (Marvel’s Daredevil, Marvel’s The Defenders) will act as showrunner with Alik Sakharov (Game of Thrones), Alex Garcia Lopez (Marvel’s Luke Cage, Fear The Walking Dead) and Charlotte Brändström (Outlander) set to direct the eight episode series.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt was a runaway success upon release on the PS4, Xbox One and PC. The game’s day and night cycle affects the world around you on your adventures as Geralt, replete with in depth story and branching dialogue options.