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“I’ll fight tooth and nail for this character”: Henry Cavill Reveals His Extreme Fondness For The Witcher That Nearly Crushed Him When He Was First Rejected For the Role

Henry Cavill the witcher

Henry Cavill has been gradually ascending in the world of sci-fi films and fantasy epics with projects like The Witcher and Man of Steel under his belt. It is no secret that Henry Cavill’s role in the Netflix series has gained him an absolutely devoted fan base that spans his Superman fandom to PC gamers. With two seasons now complete, the character still has a long way to go and it seems like the actor is just as invested in the narrative’s progress as the viewers are.

Henry Cavill in The Witcher
Henry Cavill in The Witcher (2019-Present)

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Henry Cavill Gushes About Bagging The Witcher 

For the followers of Henry Cavill on social media, it is not news about how much the actor indulges in gaming and fantasy epics. His official “nerd” status, as he himself has acknowledged on several occasions in interviews, is unlike any other A-lister in Hollywood. This also makes for a very interesting turn of events when he is approached to play characters like superheroes and monster hunters, as the 39-year-old often finds them right up his alley due to his extensive know-how about the characters.

The Witcher
Henry Cavill plays a mutated monster hunter called the Witcher in the eponymous Netflix series

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Andrzej Sapkowski’s novels, which were exclusively adapted by Netflix for live-action streaming, were opening up for casting calls when Henry Cavill decided to rally in with the forces. However, the actor was unfortunately rejected at first after he was deemed unsuitable for the role of Geralt of Rivia. Later, when the actor was eventually asked to audition for the role instead, he was signed on to the project the very same day.

“We had a meeting and a couple of days afterwards, they said, ‘look, the role’s not for you’ or ‘it’s not right’ and so then, I was crushed. I resigned myself to that and I finished another play-through of The Witcher. And then they said, ‘look, okay, so they’ve done the casting and you don’t have to do this but do you want to audition?’, and I said, ‘no, absolutely I do. This is Geralt of Rivia and I want to audition.’ I did a reading and I think I was given the role later that day… I’m incredibly fond of this character and I will fight tooth and nail for him, to do him justice.”

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Henry Cavill’s The Witcher Season 3: All We Know

If it wasn’t for Covid-related delays, The Witcher Season 2 would have been released well on time instead of the massive two-year gap after the show’s 2019 premiere. In the aftermath of Season 2, the follow-up Season 3 was confirmed at Netflix’s TUDUM event in September 2021. According to Cavill, the season will drop between June and September of 2023.

Henry Cavill as Geralt of Rivia
A still of Henry Cavill as Geralt of Rivia

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Executive producer, Steve Gaub, too partook in relegating news to the fans about the series’ status. The filming for Season 3 is officially wrapped up and the show is in its post-production stages. As was the case with the previous seasons, the narrative of Season 3 will also be compiled in 8 episodes in one-hour frames. The returning order of cast is comprised of Freya Allan (Ciri), Anya Chalotra (Yennefer), Joey Batey (Jaskier), Royce Pierreson (Istredd), Anna Shaffer (Triss), and Kim Bodnia (Vesemir).

The Witcher is currently available for streaming on Netflix.

Source: BBC Radio 1

Written by Diya Majumdar

At 25, Diya Majumdar is inching closer to getting to the bottom of every film and television's history in existence. Having graduated with honors in literature from Miranda House, DU, her passion and profession both include dissecting the world of cinema, with more than 800 published articles on Fandomwire. She is a liberally opinionated person with an overbearing love for Monet, Edvard Munch, and Van Gogh and boasts of being an avid painter of all their troubled works.