Netflix has confirmed that Henry Cavill will lead the cast in Netflix’s upcoming “The Witcher” adaptation. The streaming service also confirmed that Alik Sakharov, Charlotte Brändström, and Alex Garcia Lopez will direct the series from showrunner Lauren Schmidt Hissrich.
Henry Cavill has been busy lately, starring in both the latest “Mission Impossible – Fallout” film and the various “Man of Steel” and “Justice League” installments. Cavill will take the lead in The Witcher saga, playing the role of Geralt of Rivia.
The Showrunner and Executive producer for the series will be Lauren Schmidt Hissrich, who also worked on “Marvel’s Daredevil,” “Marvel’s The Defenders,” and “Umbrella Academy”. Alik Sakharov (House of Cards, Game of Thrones) is set to direct four episodes, including the first episode of the series. Alex Garcia Lopez (Marvel’s Luke Cage, Utopia) will direct 2 episodes, and Charlotte Brändström (Outlander, Counterpart, Disparue) will direct 2 episodes as well.
“The Witcher” will consist of 8 episodes and is based on the best-selling fantasy series. In the story, Geralt of Rivia is a solitary monster hunter who struggles to find his place in a world. A world where people often prove more wicked than beasts. Netflix teased the series adding, “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”.
The stories found international fame when CD Projekt RED made “The Witcher” series into a video-game. The RPG released three installments over the years and “The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt” is considered by many to be one of the greatest RPG titles ever made. The game won numerous awards following its release and the franchise is actually on sale right now on STEAM.
We don’t have a release date yet for “The Witcher” on Netflix but more information will be released over the next few months. We will most likely get an update on the support cast as well when the series goes into production.