Henry Cavill, the actor behind the titular protagonist in Netflix’s The Witcher, may have been injured while filming scenes for the upcoming second season at Arborfield Studios.
As you know, after a long hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the crew picked up shooting on the new run in August. And while the process has seemingly been smooth sailing thus far, with the producers even teasing us by sharing snippets from the next chapter in the story of Geralt, it seems that Netflix may have to reschedule once again.
The Toronto Sun has reported today that Cavill suffered a leg injury while he was on an “assault course.” The incident apparently wasn’t bad enough to call an ambulance, but the actor pulled up in the middle of shooting and seemed in pain. A close source has told the outlet, in fact, that the streaming juggernaut had to suspend production again since Cavill “can’t walk properly” in heavy armor. It’s still not clear if he hit something with his leg or just pulled a muscle, but whatever the case, it’s bad enough that he’s unable to perform at the moment.
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The first season of Netflix’s hit show had some of the best choreographed action sequences throughout the genre, even better than those of HBO’s Game of Thrones. And considering the agile and nimble nature of the Witchers, thanks to the Trial of the Grasses that turns them into superhuman beings, there are bound to be dangerous stunts involved in making the series.
After his experience working with Tom Cruise, it wouldn’t surprise us to hear that Cavill insists on doing his own stunt work. But in the case of The Witcher, the stoic monster hunter has to engage with some of the fiercest foes in the world of high fantasy, so it’s not exactly a walk in the park. For now, though, let’s just hope that he swiftly and properly recovers from this injury.