While Henry Cavill may end up drifting away from being the Man of Steel soon (or not, no one really knows), the 35-year-old has lined up a lot of other work. First, there was his turn in Mission: Impossible – Fallout and now, the British thespian will be bringing to life Geralt of Rivia for Netflix’s adaptation of The Witcher.
A few days ago, we got our first look at the actor in the role and today, a new report has revealed how much he’ll make for the (hopefully entertaining and enjoyable) first season. According to a story from Variety, Cavill will be receiving $400,000 for each of the eight episodes in the debut run. In case you can’t do the math, that’d be a cool $3.2 million.
While this seems to be a pretty normal salary for an actor of Henry’s renown, I’m honestly not too sure if he deserves it. If you look at any of his other work, it hasn’t really been anything which has made a splash culturally or garnered him any sort of acclaim.
Honestly, the man’s a bit like Tom Cruise but just without the eccentricity. He appears in films, but doesn’t really act. He just sort of has a presence, one that’s mildly entertaining, sure, but not bold or particularly interesting at all. That’s just my opinion, though.
When it comes to The Witcher (and I loved the games but have never read the books), I would’ve preferred an older and gruffer actor in the role. Someone like Mads Mikkelsen would’ve been great, but we can’t always get what we want, right? With any luck, Cavill will up his game a bit and give us a solid portrayal of Geralt.
The project currently has no set release date and features an additional cast of lesser-known actors, but given that The Witcher has had a few other adaptations before which have all ended up as disasters, we’re just hopeful that this one finally nails it and gives us something worthy of the source material.