Henry Cavill Will Lead Netflix's Witcher Series as Geralt of Rivia

A beardy Henry Cavill in Man of Steel, and an equally beardy Geralt of Rivia in The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt.
A beardy Henry Cavill in Man of Steel, and an equally beardy Geralt of Rivia in The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt.
Photo: Warner Bros., Image: CD Projekt Red

The Witcher has found its, err, Witcher—in none other than DC’s Man of Steel himself, Henry Cavill.

Netflix’s Witcher series—showrun by Lauren Schmidt Hissrich and based on the fantasy novels by Andrzej Sapkowski, rather than the wildly popular video game adaptations by CD Projekt Red—has been quietly bubbling away in the background for the last year or so, but it took a major step forward with the casting of Cavill as Geralt of Rivia. Cavill confirmed the casting on his Instagram page this morning:


Netflix and Hissrich also confirmed the news, as well as the fact that the first season of The Witcher will be eight episodes long.

The main protagonist of the Witcher series, Geralt is a genetically-enhanced swordsman for hire, using his Witcher abilities to hunt down monsters and defend the lands of The Continent from monstrous beasts. While Sapkowski’s novels have grown in popularity over the years, most know Geralt primarily as the protagonist of the sprawling video game RPGs in CD Projekt Red’s Witcher trilogy, where he’s brought to life by Doug Cockle, whose iconic voice defines Geralt for many fans.


Cavill himself is a huge fan of the series, and even stoked rumors of his casting in the show recently by expressing his adoration for the third entry in the series, Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt, leading to him posting fan mockups of himself as Geralt on his Instagram account, which you can see above. Now, that’s actually becoming a reality.


We’ll bring you more on Netflix’s plans for The Witcher as we learn them.

This post has been updated to include statements from Lauren Schmidt Hissrich and Netflix.


James is a News Editor at io9. He wants pictures. Pictures of Spider-Man!

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Okay I am now genuinely excited for this. Henry Cavill can totally pull this off, it’ll suck I have to get used to a new voice for Geralt but I can manage.