When we first heard about Netflix putting together an adaptation of Andrej Sapkowski’s fantasy series The Witcher, there was plenty to get excited about.
The eight-episode first season is now expected to air in 2019, with Henry Cavill cast in the lead role as monster hunter Geralt of Rivia, and things have been moving pretty quickly since the programme was first announced.
While we’ve got a while to wait until the first episode, the streaming service is teasing out details bit by bit, with the latest example being our first look at Cavill in character.
The Witcher is just one of a number of big upcoming Netflix shows, and it will be Cavill’s first big TV role since The Tudors.
Showrunner Lauren Schmidt Hissrich has spoken publicly about the casting process for the show, and the great trick she’s using to avoid spoilers leaking online.
The official release of information looks like it’s being done very carefully, and step one is a proper look at Cavill as Geralt.
The actor might not say anything in the first clip released by Netflix, but that won’t matter to fans keen to see how faithful the show is to the source material.
There’s certainly a resemblance - long hair, vaguely menacing eyes, you know the drill.
However, fans of the original source material for The Witcher have one notable issue with the likeness…
However, there may have been a good reason all along…
No, wait, two good reasons.
Further casting announcements have been made for The Witcher, including Jodhi May (Game of Thrones) and Björn Hlynur Haraldsson (Fortitude), with a couple of others announced at the start of October.
We’d initially expected the show to arrive in 2020, but Netflix’s Cavill promo notably mentions a 2019 release date, which feels promising.
If the first season proves a success, Schmidt Hissrich has plans for further seasons already mapped out in her head.