Sometimes fan-casting dreams really do come true — like with Henry Cavill and The Witcher. Over the last several weeks, the erstwhile Man of Steel has been depicted as the lead character of the fantasy saga in numerous pieces of fan art circulating online. Even Cavill himself got into the idea, sharing some fan art on his own Instagram. Whatever internet sorcery was at play seemed to have worked because Cavill has officially signed on to play the lead role in Netflix’s series adaptation of the Witcher saga.
High fantasy seems to be creeping its way to the small screen, and Netflix wants in. A new adaptation of Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski’s The Witcher is in development, based on the eight novels and story collections.
In 1986, a writer by the name of Andrzej Sapkowski published a short story titled “The Witcher” in the sci-fi literary magazine Fantastyka. That piece led to what would end up being fourteen more pieces in the rapidly expanding universe of The Witcher, which led to a book compiling them all, which led to more books, which led a series of comic books, which led to a TV offshoot, which led to a film offshoot of the TV offshoot, which led to a series of highly successful video games, which presumably led to Mr. Sapkowski enjoying a Mai Tai while floating in his pool on his estate in sunny, paradisiacal Poland.