Netflix has announced that Henry Cavill will star as Geralt, the leading role for their upcoming The Witcher series.
Cavill was previously in Mission: Impossible – Fallout and know for playing Superman in the DCEU films.
The series is based on the novels by Andrzej Sapkowski which in turn inspired The Witcher series of games by CD Projekt Red.
Here’s the official synopsis for the series:
Based on the best-selling fantasy series, The Witcher is an epic tale of fate and family. Geralt of Rivia, a solitary monster hunter, struggles to find his place in a world where people often prove more wicked than beasts. But when destiny hurtles him toward a powerful sorceress, and a young princess with a dangerous secret, the three must learn to navigate the increasingly volatile Continent together.
Lauren Schmidt Hissrich (Marvel’s Daredevil, Marvel’s The Defenders, Umbrella Academy) will serve as showrunner and executive producer for the series, alongside Alik Sakharov (House of Cards, Game of Thrones) and will direct 4 episodes.
Alex Garcia Lopez (Marvel’s Luke Cage, Utopia) and Charlotte Brändström (Outlander, Counterpart, Disparue) will direct 2 episodes each.
The Witcher series will consist of 8 episodes with a scheduled release window of Fall 2019.
Update – April 17th, 2019: During the company’s Q1 2019 earnings call, Netflix Chief Content Officer, Ted Sarandos answered a question about Netflix’s 2019 slate of content in which he said,
“Well, definitely, in the third quarter, we’ve got new episodes and new seasons of some of our most-loved and most-watched shows on Netflix: Stranger Things; La Casa de Papel; Orange is the New Black; 13 Reasons Why, Elite, which is a big hit for us right out of Spain; new season from Ryan Murphy of The Politician, a brand-new show in Netflix, that we think our audience is going to love. And then you’ll start seeing later in the fourth quarter some of our bigger film investments coming through like Irishman, like Six Underground and also a big new original series that we’re currently shooting in Hungary called The Witcher. That is an enormous European IP, very popular game and book IP that we think is going to make a really fun global series.”
This post has been updated to reflect that Netflix’s The Witcher series will premiere in Fall 2019.