The Witcher Showrunner Explains Why Henry Cavill Landed Geralt Of Rivia Role In Netflix Series

The Witcher Showrunner Explains Why Henry Cavill Landed Geralt Of Rivia Role In Netflix Series
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We’re now a little under a month away from the first season of Netflix’s The Witcher, which is currently scheduled to be released late next month.

Like with any film or television adaptation of a beloved book series, fans of the original story want the on-screen adaptations to have choice casting, which, unfortunately, isn’t always the case. But, at least with Henry Cavill, who is playing the role of Geralt of Rivia, it looks like Netflix found the right person for the job.

During a recent interview with Men’s Health, showrunner Lauren S. Hissrich explained why Cavill was the right choice for the Geralt role, saying that while she was writing the show, she was constantly hearing the actor’s voice in her head. So, according to her, the right choice was made.

“But all the time I was writing, I kept hearing Henry’s voice in my head,” Hissrich said. “In the books, Geralt is fearsome, but he also has this amazing dry wit. We needed someone to play both ends of the spectrum, someone who could see all the trauma of the world he’s in but could also step back and roll his eyes once in a while.”

Earlier this month, Netflix revealed that The Witcher had already been renewed for a second season, which means that the streaming service giant believes that they have a massive hit on their hands.

It was recently revealed that the first season of The Witcher will span eight episodes, and earlier this week, Netflix unveiled the episode titles along with a few brief descriptions.

  1. The End’s Beginning: “A monster slain, a butcher named.”
  2. Four Marks: “We look at a sorceress’s earlier days.”
  3. Betrayer Moon: “A picky eater, a family shamed.”
  4. Of Banquets, Bastards and Burials: “The Law of Surprise is how one repays.”
  5. Bottled Appetites: “A fateful meeting, a bard is maimed.”
  6. Rare Species: The hunt for a dragon is underway.”
  7. Before a Fall: “A return to before a kingdom is flamed.”
  8. Much More: “The Witcher Family as you all like to say.”

As of this writing, it’s unclear if each season will span only eight episodes, or if the number of episodes will increase as the show enters future seasons. If it does last for more than two seasons, Hissrich is prepared, as she recently said that she’s already mapped out seven seasons.

Netflix will launch the entire first season of The Witcher on December 20.