Henry Cavill’s casting as Geralt of Rivia, the hero of Netflix’s upcoming series based on The Witcher game and book franchise, has generally been met with something approaching wide acclaim from fans on social media. But it’s still nice to know that the Superman actor has picked up one of the most resounding endorsements there is: that of the actor who voiced Geralt in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.
Responding to the many fan questions he’s been getting about his opinion on the choice of Cavill to suit up in Geralt’s monster-hunting armor, veteran game actor Doug Cockle said via Twitter that he thinks Cavill will own the role, and that the Lauren S. Hissrich-led show will be all the better for it.
It’s hard not to get excited about Cavill stepping into a role he said he’d love to play even before any casting decision had been announced. The passion he and Hissrich appear to be bringing to the small screen adaptation of CD Projekt RED’s genre-defining console game (as well as the Andrzej Sapkowski books on which it’s based) is, at the very least, an encouraging first sign.
Now that Cavill’s fantasy of playing Geralt has at last become a Netflix reality, the red-letter streaming giant can finally get down to the business of rounding out the rest of the cast and launching into full scale development.
Details are still light, but we at least know the first season will consist of eight episodes, that it will feature other Witcher characters familiar to anyone who’s played Wild Hunt, and that Sapkowski has at least given the show his blessing — even though he’s not directly involved.
Stay tuned for more development updates, while we wait for Netflix to finally reveal a Witcher release date.