Henry Cavill Wasn’t In The List Of Auditons For The Witcher, So How Did He Get The Role?

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Henry Cavill has left a mark on the audience as the Geralt of Rivia in The Witcher. The Netflix show recently wrapped up the second season of the series. And to say it was a success would be an understatement. The show topped the trending list for over a month since its release. However, a surprising fact about the show and its lead is that Henry didn’t traditionally audition but chased the role until he got it. He wasn’t an obvious choice and yet proved to be the perfect Geralt.

The Witcher is based on a book series penned by Andrzej Sapkowski. The makers have announced that the series would go on for a whole of seven seasons. And Henry Cavill isn’t even slightly doubtful of playing the Geralt in all seven of them. Cavill recently opined that he’ll play the Geralt in the future on one condition. The makers just have to stick close to the original work of Sapkowski in their portrayal.

Henry Cavill Chased After The Role Of Geralt Of Rivia In The Witcher

Henry Cavill as Geralt In The Witcher
Cavill as Geralt In The Witcher

According to reports, as soon as Netflix announced a series based on the books, Henry badgered his agents for it. He asked them to arrange his meeting with the creators of the show. “It was something I wasn’t going to let pass me by without giving it my best shot,” said Cavill. “I annoyed my agents all the time. They said, ‘They’re not ready.’”

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When he approached the creator Lauren Schimdt Hissrich, she was still working on the script. “He was really annoying,” the writer-producer confirmed. “I finally said, ‘I will meet with you. The show is not green-lit. There is nothing.’ I said, ‘Thank you. Now I have to go write the show.”

Hissrich, after completing the script went on to audition over 200 candidates for the role. However, Henry’s voice stuck in her mind, and that, eventually, caused her to ring the actor again for an audition. After the auditions, it was clear for the makers that Henry would play the Geralt of Rivia in the show. Henry’s chase for the role finally caused Netflix and the makers to cast him in the show.

What Set Henry Upon Getting Cast In The Series?

Henry as Clark Kent before he played Geralt in The Witcher
Henry as Clark Kent before he played Geralt in The Witcher

Cavill was already a well-known name in the industry by the time of The Witcher’s screen adaptation inception. Henry had played DC’s Clark Kent aka Superman. And yet, Henry’s eagerness to essay Geralt in the series was unmatched. And his eagerness to catch the role roots back to his likeness of another adaptation of Sapkowski’s book.

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Henry in many instances has expressed his love for the series and is closely involved in the process of his character’s portrayal onscreen. However, Henry’s likeness for the role stemmed from his likeness to The Witcher’s videogame. Henry is a devoted player of video games, as made clear by his interviews and social media posts.

Henry Cavill in the show
Henry Cavill in the show

Cavill was introduced to Geralt’s world by the video game based on the book series. The video games led him to read all the books. And that, in turn, caused him to pounce on the chance to star in the screen adaptation of the series as soon as it was announced. “I was very very passionate about the games. I thought, ‘I really hope they make this into a TV show or movie’,” he said in one of his interviews.

Henry has essayed the role of Geralt for two hit seasons of the show. And now, not only the creators but all the viewers are also sure of the fact that Henry was meant to play the lead role as the monster hunter in The Witcher. The third season is already under work at Netflix who’ll shortly reveal the release details about it.

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