Mostly familiar to Western audiences thanks to the hit video games developed by CD Projekt Red, Cavill is set to play the lead character Geralt of Rivia, a cynical mutant monster slayer roaming around fantasy not-Poland. And now, to mark the start of production, Netflix has gone ahead and released the first photo of Cavill as Geralt, along with the following logline:
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.
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But that’s not all, as in addition to our first look, we’ve also got a very brief teaser trailer for the show. Actually, teaser trailer is probably too generous of a term, as it’s more just a promo. Seen below, it offers another glimpse at Cavill as Geralt during a costume and make-up test. It’s not much, but have a look and see for yourself:
With production now underway, we should be getting a lot more from the show in the months to come, but if the streaming giant really can capture something of this dark world, then they’re onto a winner. Game of Thrones is proof that there’s a huge audience out there who’s hungry for darker, adult-themed fantasy on television and with the show coming to an end in 2019, Netflix will no doubt be hoping that The Witcher will hoover up some of that audience.
We’ll be sure to let you know once the company brings us more, but until then, tell us, are you impressed with this first look at Cavill in the role? Sound off in the comments section down below!