Henry Cavill recently revealed that he would love to star in Netflix's upcoming adaptation of The Witcher game series. Cavill, who starred in Man of Steel, and more recently played August Walker in Mission: Impossible - Fallout, is known to be a huge gamer, having revealed on Conan he missed the call from Zack Snyder telling him he had been cast as Superman because he was playing World of Warcraft.
The Witcher game series has enjoyed massive commercial and critical success, especially in relation to its latest installment, The Witcher 3. Polish game developers CD PROJEKT RED originally based the series on the fantasy novels written by Andrzej Sapkowski, and Netflix announced that they would be producing their own take on the series back in May 2017. In December 2017, it was revealed that producer Lauren Schmidt Hissrich, who has worked on Daredevil and The Defenders, would be spearheading the series as showrunner.
In an interview with IGN about Mission: Impossible - Fallout, Cavill was asked what games he has been playing recently. After telling IGN that he had just replayed The Witcher 3, which he called a "really good game," he was asked if he would be interested in playing the series' protagonist, Geralt of Rivia, in Netflix's upcoming series. He responded, saying: "Absolutely. Yeah, that would be an amazing role." Cavill also revealed that he is a big fan of Sapkowski's novels, saying, "The books are really, really good... The books I started reading, and they are well worth a read."
Although it has been confirmed that the pilot script has been completed, very little information has been made available about the series' casting. However, in June, showrunner Hissrich revealed on Twitter that she had shortlisted potential actors for lead roles, but the information will be kept hidden for now. Amidst rumors of who would play Geralt were the names of Mads Mikkelsen, Viggo Mortensen and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau. Now, Cavill's name can be added to the list of potential witchers. It has also been revealed that the show's first season will be eight episodes long, and that it will air in 2020 at the earliest.
Cavill's newest film, Mission Impossible: Fallout, is in theaters now, and has had the franchise's best second weekend to date. Having enjoyed success reprising his role as Superman twice since Man of Steel, in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Justice League, and now having found success in Tom Cruise's beloved series, Cavill would surely make for a fantastic Geralt of Rivia - especially considering how outspoken he has been about his love for both the games and the books.