While certainly up for debate, Henry Cavill’s recent interview with IGN in which he expressed a desire to assume the role of Geralt of Riva created optimism among fans of The Witcher. Just the name value alone would hopefully mean good things for the upcoming Netflix series, right? But could we really expect a significant name like Cavill to sign on?
Turns out the answer is yes. Cavill has officially signed on and will take on the gruff, lovesick, monster-slaying role of the one-and-only Geralt of Rivia.
While fans will inevitably debate this casting to the ends of the earth, I for one like it. Cavill’s admitted love for the Witcher books, stories, and games means a lot. Along with the obvious passion of showrunner Lauren Hissrich towards the books she is adapting, it creates an atmosphere of genuine passion to get this right that should give fans a lot of hope. While fandom doesn’t guarantee a quality product, it at least gives me hope that they’ll fight to tell the story the right way.
Cavill’s involvement also lends a big name that adds real credibility to the project, which will hopefully make it easier to attract further big names and the kind of budget needed to make The Witcher all it can be. And for those who don’t know, The Witcher can be something pretty damn good. Cavill’s involvement has given me a lot of reasons to hope.
Plus, you know, I think he can make for a really good Geralt.
Netflix’s adaptation of The Witcher is still some time off, but this is the latest good sign in what I believe to be a pattern. Or maybe I’m just one of those hopelessly optimistic people who believes the best of everything. I stand by it in this case. Cavill’s casting might mean some really great things for this series.