So far as we know, Netflix is still in the writing stages for its upcoming series adaptation of The Witcher, the story-verse made famous by CD Projekt RED’s immensely popular (and critically lauded) line of video games. But when the casting phase heats up and Netflix starts its wild hunt for the perfect Geralt, there’s one A-list actor they definitely might want to have on speed dial.
Henry Cavill is apparently a big fan of the Witcher story-verse, recently revealing to IGN that not only does he love The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, but also has taken a deeper dive into the lore set down in author Andrzej Sapkowski’s lineup of Witcher-themed short stories and novels.
Asked what games he’s into these days, the sometimes-mustachioed Superman actor didn’t hesitate. "The Witcher 3. I just replayed all the way through. Love that game. Really good game,” Cavill enthused.
That led to the inevitable follow-up question: would Cavill be down to suit up as the silver sword-wielding Geralt of Rivia, to track down monsters in the Netflix series?
“Absolutely,” he replied. “Yeah, that would be an amazing role.”
While Cavill’s interest in the role still appears to be firmly in the realm of the hypothetical, it’s still a sign of the Netflix-changing times, demonstrating the solid credibility the streaming service’s original series have managed to establish with well-represented acting talent. Cavill’s one of the biggest names going not only in the DC Extended Universe, but in the A-list cinema-verse, period, and — as luck would have it — Geralt’s got plenty of facial hair for Cavill to meme around with.
Showrunner Lauren S. Hissrich has already revealed that The Witcher will get an initial run of eight episodes, and that writing on the series is in full swing ahead of a tentative release window that could have Geralt roaming the small screen by 2020.
With casting still to come, we’re hoping we haven’t heard the last from Cavill. But in the meantime, you can check him out in theaters, where his stealthy CIA agent-turned-bad guy August Walker pushes Tom Cruise’s Ethan Hunt beyond his already sky-high limits in Mission: Impossible — Fallout.