Henry Cavill to Star in The Witcher Fantasy Novel Adaptation at Netflix

Henry Cavill

Film star Henry Cavill will be returning to the small screen by way of The Witcher, Netflix’s TV-series adaptation of Andrzej Sapkowski’s fantasy novels, TVLine has learned.

Described as an “epic tale of fate and family,” the streaming service’s Witcher series follows Geralt of Rivia (Cavill), a solitary monster hunter who struggles to find his place in a world where people often prove more wicked than beasts.

But when destiny hurtles Geralt toward a powerful sorceress and a young princess with a dangerous secret, the three must learn to navigate the increasingly volatile Continent together.

Though he is best known for his work in film — with credits including Mission: Impossible — Fallout, The Man from U.N.C.L.E. and DC’s latest batch of Superman films — Cavill starred for four seasons on Showtime’s King Henry VIII drama The Tudors.

The Witcher, which received a straight-to-series order back in May 2017, will span eight episodes. Lauren Schmidt Hissrich (Marvel’s Daredevil, Power) will serve as showrunner and executive-produce with Alik Sakharov (Black Sails).

Sapkowski’s book series has been adapted before, as a 2001 Polish film and a TV offshoot, neither of which were well-received. It also spawned a series of video games.

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