Back in May, reports surfaced that Netflix was producing a series based on The Witcher. Henry Cavill (Man of Steel, The Man From U. N. C. L. E., Mission Impossible: Fallout, etc.) told IGN that he would be interested in playing Geralt of Rivia, the protagonist of the series, last month.
He’d told them that he had been playing The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt, and when asked if he would be interested in playing that playing Geralt, he answered, “Absolutely. Yeah, that would be an amazing role.” As of today, it is now official that he will be playing the lead role in the series. Lauren S. Hissrich, the series showrunner, confirmed it via Twitter.
The Witcher started out as a series of novels and short stories written by Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski about a Witcher, a professional monster-slayer. He first wrote a short story in 1986 as part of a contest, and later wrote a collection of more short stories. He eventually wrote a series of novels from 1994 to 1997. In 2007, CD Projekt Red released The Witcher, the first in a trilogy of video games set in the world of the books. The last game in the series, The Wild Hunt, was released in 2015, and was a massive success.
The Witcher isn’t expected to come to Netflix until 2020. More news on this as it develops.