Following the great mustache debacle that was Superman, many dedicated The Witcher fans had a hard time seeing Henry Cavill in the role of Geralt of Rivia in the upcoming The Witcher Netflix series. Despite him being a long-time fan of the franchise, many just couldn’t see past the cape, leading many to wonder why he was chosen to begin with. Luckily, the man himself is opening up a bit about the road to becoming Geralt.
“When I heard they were making The Witcher, I obviously was incredibly excited, and I annoyed the living daylights out of my agents,” Cavill revealed in a new interview with Entertainment Tonight. “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, 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 admitted. “Said, ‘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 said. “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.”
Though many were skeptical, the reveal trailer during San Diego Comic-Con alleviated many doubts, showing off that he does have exactly what it takes to be the witcher to end all witchers.
We can see for ourselves how Henry Cavill transforms into Geralt when The Witcher Netflix series lands later this year.