The next big thing coming to Netflix is none other than Henry Cavill in The Witcher.
For those that don’t know about the monster hunter Geralt of Rivia, which is the role Cavill is playing, let’s take a small step back.
The Witcher is based on the book series of the same name by Andrzej Sapkowski. The series has eight books and was first published in 1993. The series has gone on to become widely popular, also spawning a video game trilogy based on the adventures of Geralt.
Speaking with The Hollywood Reporter as the launch date of the series draws near, Cavill discussed doing his own stunts, paying homage to a quite well known character in the genre and of course, working with that wig.
In the series, Cavil does his own stunts saying, “That is 100 percent me. It is very important to me that I continue the character into the action. The character must exist within the action as well as in the dialogue scenes and everything else, because so often you see projects and it’s all act, act, act, then action beat, then act, act, act. I wanted the story to continue seamlessly all the way throughout,” adding “I also enjoy it, to be fair. I like swinging a sword around.”
When he talked about his sword training for the role, Cavill said, “I’ve done some stuff before; I’m not a complete stranger when it comes to swords. It was all about letting it fly and relying on my physicality and applying it to the love of fantasy I have.”
Cavill has said that this fantasy genre is something he has loved since he was a kid. He said this was one of the reasons this project appealed: “This, specifically, was the lore, the story, the IP. I was, and still am, a huge fan of the games.”
In terms of taking on Geralt, Cavill has had both the books and the video games to draw upon. He said he didn’t want to mimic Doug Cockle’s performance in the games, but he did draw upon it for inspiration.
“(Geralt) is this incredibly direct person who, in other chapters, has this stony exterior that he forces upon himself, because it’s not his natural instinct, to survive in a world or commit actions that are necessary. To carry out the lesser evil,” enthused Cavil, who is clearly deeply engaged in this role. He added, “For me, it was all about picking out that cold exterior, that directness, and everything else that comes in emotional beats — love, caring, camaraderie — have to come out in separate moments.”
As for the much talked about white wig, Cavill said, “The wig went through an evolution. When we started the project, about a month and a half before shooting, the wig hadn’t even begun to be made yet. That’s a super short turnaround for a wig and my hairdresser hadn’t been brought on yet. When she did, the wig had already been finished, and it was a matter of just letting it evolve. She took it home, was recoloring it, making it look as real and as natural as possible. By the time she really got her hands on it, it looked incredible and I loved it. The hour and a half I spent in the chair working with it was the time — well, one, that I learned lines — that I transformed into character. Once the wig was on and the costume was on, makeup was done, contacts were in, I felt like Geralt. I was right there. All it took was to switch on the voice.”
The Witcher premiers on Netflix December 20th.