While Netflix’s upcoming adaptation of CD Project Red’s fantasy RPG The Witcher is not actually out in the wild yet, there’s still a lot of buzz surrounding it. One eye-catching aspect of the much anticipated show is the casting choice of Henry Cavill — of Man Of Steel fame — who is confirmed to play the main protagonist of The Witcher series, Geralt of Rivia.
Interestingly, during San Diego Comic-Con 2019 Cavill revealed some fascinating tidbits about the casting process for the game and show’s titular hero — in which over 200 actors were considered for the iconic role. Here’s what Cavill told Entertainment Tonight while at SDCC 2019:
“When I heard they were making The Witcher, I obviously was incredibly excited, and I annoyed the living daylights out of my agents. I called them every day and said, ‘Guys, now? Meeting now? How ’bout now?’ And they eventually said, ‘Look, they’ve brought on a showrunner, and we’ve called them, and they said, ‘Look, we’re not even close to that process yet,” and I kept on pushing, pushing, pushing, and eventually I think Netflix just got tired[.]”
“I sat down with Lauren [S. Hissrich, Netflix’s The Witcher‘s showrunner], we had a great conversation about the show, where it was going, and my passion for it as well, and then she was very frank with me at the time,” he continued. “Look, we haven’t even started the process of casting yet; it was great to meet you, but we’ve got a long way to go. I’ve got to start writing as well.”
“And so, it was then — I think it was a four-month break or something after that?” Cavill added. “And I was just hoping that when they came round all the other casting and everything — and it’s important that the right casting process is done; you can’t just hire the first person who walks into the room. I was fortunate enough to land the role after my audition, which was fun. It was nerve-racking obviously, because I really, really, really wanted it. But got there in the end, and here I am now.”
So, there you have it. It sounds like the casting process for the highly anticipated fantasy show was pretty damn rigorous, which is understandable. Not only does the The Witcher video game series have a devout fanbase that want this to be a hit, but Netflix are probably pushing for this to be a competitor/replacement for George R.R. Martin’s critically acclaimed TV show. I’m sure you know the one, right?
Tell us. Will you be tuning in to Netflix’s new fantasy show? As always, stay tuned for more future updates.