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'The Witcher' Star Henry Cavill Lived And Breathed The Games, Even Before Being Cast

'The Witcher' Star Henry Cavill Lived And Breathed The Games, Even Before Being Cast

Henry Cavill, the British actor playing Geralt of Rivia in Netflix's upcoming live-action adaptation of The Witcher, has never been shy about sharing his love of the CD Projekt RED trilogy of games. He's a man of impeccable taste, I'll give him that.

The former Superman star has often talked about his love for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt in particular - and this was well before he was cast as Geralt - so he probably never needs much of an excuse to revisit 2015's critically-acclaimed RPG. None of us do, to be fair.

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The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt/Credit: CD Projekt RED
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt/Credit: CD Projekt RED

Of course, while most of us need to justify buying (and then replaying) The Witcher 3 for the fourth or fifth time (I know I do), Cavill is a fortunate soul in that he has a built-in excuse to immerse himself in the games as many times as he wants. He can just say he's getting into character.

In a recent interview with French magazine Premiere, as translated by Reddit user u/Valibomba, Cavill explained that he was such a fan of the games (and later the books) that he didn't even really feel like he had to prepare for the role, such was his level of investment in the life and times of Geralt.

"I discovered the games, then I discovered the books, and the universe of The Witcher instantly meant something to me," Cavill reportedly said.

"I often thought about playing Geralt. When the opportunity appeared, I didn't let the chance pass me... I didn't even have the need to prepare myself for the role. Because I breathe, I live this universe every day. I already got numerous opportunities to think about this character while I was playing the games."

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Henry Cavill looks the spitting image of Geralt/Credit: Netflix
Henry Cavill looks the spitting image of Geralt/Credit: Netflix

Elsewhere in the interview, Showrunner Lauren Schmidt Hissrich reiterated that the upcoming show has copied nothing from the games, and will instead be an adaption of the original novels by Andrzej Sapkowski. This has been made clear from the start, though there are still fans who are complaining that the show looks nothing like the games, sadly.

"The books of Andrzej Sapkowski will always be there," Schmidt said. "The games too. So this show is the third version of this story. The goal, for me, was to recreate the soul of the books, to recreate these characters I fell in love with while putting them in a new coherent structure, to build a story that makes sense."

"It was important for the show to keep an authentic style. A superb video game already exists, and I clearly didn't want our show to look like it."

Credit: Netflix
Credit: Netflix

We still don't know exactly when The Witcher is set to air, but last month Netflix tweeted (and then deleted) a post which counted down to when some of its biggest shows would be arriving, including The Witcher. A spot of mental arithmetic seemed to suggest that December 17 would be the big day.

Oh, and The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt comes to Nintendo Switch tomorrow. That's pretty darn exciting, right?

Featured Image Credit: Netflix/CD Projekt RED

Topics: The Witcher, Netflix, CD Projekt Red

Ewan Moore

Journalist at GAMINGbible who still quite hasn’t gotten out of my mid 00’s emo phase. After graduating from the University of Portsmouth in 2015 with a BA in Journalism & Media Studies (thanks for asking), I went on to do some freelance words for various places, including Kotaku, Den of Geek, and TheSixthAxis.

 

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