Henry Cavill becomes Geralt of Rivia in a new fan poster inspired by Netflix’s upcoming series The Witcher. Cavill was just announced as the lead in Netflix’s show based on the video games by CD Projekt Red, which were themselves based on a series of novels by Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski.
In the books, Witchers are mercenaries who use their supernatural abilties to battle various deadly monsters. The series mainly focuses on the character Geralt, a highly skilled Witcher, and his charge the Witcher-in-training princess Ciri. First released in 2007, the single-player action role-playing Witcher video game earned praise for its deep themes, built around a series of complex moral choices, and went on to spawn two sequels.
Excitement is high among fans of both the Witcher novels and games as Netflix is set to produce a live-action series adaptation starring Henry Cavill as Geralt. It will be awhile before fans get to see what Cavill looks like as Geralt, but artist BossLogic has graciously stepped up to provide a preview via a new fan poster. See the haunting artwork below:
After playing the role of Superman, arguably the most recognizable and popular superhero of all-time, Cavill takes on a very different super-powered character in Geralt of Rivia. The so-called “White Wolf” Geralt is an especially gifted Witcher after his makers undertook dangerous genetic experiments on him, giving him superhuman physical and mental abilities. But Geralt is something of a reluctant hero who finds himself being drawn into political intrigues after taking on the task of raising Ciri, a young princess with powers that allow her to traverse space and time. In Poland, the character of Geralt has actually become a heroic symbol to those who appreciate his desire to just do his job while remaining above the political fray.
The video game version of Geralt is of course more familiar to Western audiences than the book version, and indeed the Netflix show will draw more upon the games than they will the original novels in envisioning the character. The show was developed by Daredevil and The Defenders executive producer and writer Lauren Schmidt Hissrich, and will premiere with an 8-episode run on Netflix. Game of Thrones director Alik Sakharov directed four episodes including the pilot. With Cavill now in the fold as Geralt, the next step for the show is to cast the other main characters, including Geralt’s adopted daughter Ciri, the sorceress Yennefer and others. Netflix has yet to set a premiere date for The Witcher but the show is not expected to arrive until 2020.