Netflix reveals stunning new cast posters for its adaptation of The Witcher with Superman Henry Cavill taking lead role
Netflix’s cast for its adaptation of The Witcher has been revealed along with stunning shots of the actors in costume, ahead of the San Diego Comic-Con 2019.
British actor Henry Cavill, known for his portrayal of Superman, will star as Geralt, a mutated monster hunter who “struggles to find his place in a world where people often prove more wicked than beasts,” writes Netfliex, summarising the series on its website.
Previously shown photographed during a costume test, sporting long silver wig, the stunning new photos presenting Cavill from behind and from the side, show his costume in further detail.
The actor delighted fans by sharing a photo on his Instagram showing himself as a muscle-bound Geralt clad in leather-like armour and carrying a long sword across his back.
Netflix has also revealed photos of the series’ two female leads: Anya Chalotra and Freya Allan – both relative newcomers.
Chalotra will play Yennefer, a powerful sorceress who is Geralt’s primary love interest. Allan has been cast as the princess Ciri, the princess of the kingdom at the heart of the story, who goes on to become Geralt’s daughter figure.
The photos show Chalotra’s character wearing a long coat with fur cuffs and collar, her long dark hair blowing in the wind. The fair-haired Ciri, played by Allan, is shown in the forest wearing a blue cape.
Described as the new Game of Thrones, the Polish fantasy story based on a book by Andrzej Sapkowski of the same name, the stories, which were adapted into a Polish film in 2001, focus on Geralt of Rivia, a monster hunter with supernatural abilities.
They were also turned into a video game developed by Polish company CD Projekt, in which players follow different paths and fight various foes.
Now, over thirty years after the first Witcher story was published, Netflix will bring Sapkowski’s fantasy world to a global audience.
The most-translated Polish fantasy author after Stanisław Lem, Sapkowski is best known for his stories about the Witcher (Wiedźmin in Polish), the subject of his literary debut in 1986.