Henry Cavill will star in Netflix's new fantasy series 'The Witcher'

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Netflix’s newest original series is based on Andrzej Sapkowski’s best-selling fantasy books.

Perhaps the biggest takeaway from this news article is knowing you can look forward to eight hours (8!) of uninterrupted Henry Cavill time where he’ll portray an expert swordsman with superhuman strength in Netflix’s newest series ‘The Witcher.’

The 35-year-old superstar teased the latest casting news by unveiling his ‘new’ Netflix profile name “Geralt of Rivia”. To play the captain obvious card, that’s the name of his character in ‘The Witcher.’

The pic captioned “My new mailing address” teases the fictional locations where Cavill’s character Gywnnbleid aka Geralt of Rivia will be apparently “slaying” monsters.

Pic courtesy @henrycavill
Pic courtesy @henrycavill

Netflix’s ‘Witcher’ series is based on Andrzej Sapkowski’s fantasy book series of the same name and follows Cavill’s protagonist character, a natural born monster hunter for hire, whose job is to destroy monsters who lurk among the Kingdom's four regions. Sapkowski’s ‘Witcher’ originated from a series of short stories, which later spawned eight books, video games and a comic series.

Deadline dropped a brief synopsis that will no doubt leave source material purists and gamers with some food for thought:

❝The Witcher is an epic tale of fate and family. Geralt of Rivia (Cavill), a solitary monster hunter, struggles to find his place in a world where people often prove more wicked than beasts. 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.❞

Season one will consist of 8 episodes, written and produced by Marvel’s Lauren Schimdt Hissrich. Alik Sakharov (House of Cards, Game of Thrones), will direct four episodes and Alex Garcia Lopez (Marvel’s Luke Cage, Fear The Walking Dead) and Charlotte Brändström (Outlander, Counterpart) will direct two episodes each.

Netflix has yet to announce a release date. Stay tuned as we hear more casting news!

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