Man of Steel and Mission Impossible: Fallout star Henry Cavill has been cast in the lead role of Geralt of Rivia in the live action adaptation of the short story and video game series The Witcher coming to Netflix.

Based on the best-selling fantasy series, The Witcher is an epic tale of fate and family. Geralt of Rivia, 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.

Lauren Schmidt Hissrich (Marvel’s Daredevil, Marvel’s The Defenders, Umbrella Academy) will serve as showrunner for the series with Alik Sakharov  (House of Cards, Game of Thrones), Alex Garcia Lopez (Marvel’s Luke Cage, Utopia) and Charlotte Brändström (Outlander, Counterpart, Disparue) coming in to direct the 8 episode series.

Henry Cavill currently stars in the critical and box office hit Mission Impossible – Fallout which has earned over $649 million worldwide. He is a massive fan of Andrzej Sapkowski’s series of fantasy short stories and novels about the witcher Geralt of Rivia. Henry starred in the dual role of ‘Clark Kent / Superman,’ in Man of Steel, the highest-grossing Superman film to date, and in Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice and Justice League. He made his feature film debut in The Count of Monte Cristo. His credits include the Golden Globe-nominated series “The Tudors”; Whatever Works; Immortals; Cold Light of Day and The Man from U.N.C.L.E.

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