Henry Cavill is about to go from protecting Metropolis to killing monsters for money. The Man of Steel and Mission: Impossible actor is now Geralt of Rivia in Netflix’s adaptation of the long-running Witcher series.
According to a release, Cavill will lead the eight-episode series that takes from the Polish sword-and-sorcery franchise spanning best-selling books and video games. Geralt is the Witcher, a mutant mercenary whose one true purpose in life is slaying monsters. In this simple pursuit, Geralt finds himself romantically entangled with sorceresses, acting as a surrogate father to a princess, undermining a church, and toppling political leaders.
And that wag Cavill already changed his mailing address and Netflix login to reflect his new wandering role:
Showrunner Lauren Schmidt Hissrich will be bringing the character to life, though what complexities she hopes to accomplish in the relatively short season has yet to be announced. The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt, the latest game in the series, provided the chance to obtain an ending with some plot closure, but since the series will focus on Geralt’s early involvement with the plot therein, it will likely just introduce the characters that fans know all too well.
Cavill’s involvement comes after news broke that the actor was a big fan of the series — now with his superhero and action bona fides, he’ll be adding fantasy to his resume. There is no word on when the series will hit the streaming service.