After making a distinct space for himself in Hollywood by playing the Superman and a rogue CIA agent in ‘Mission Impossible: Fallout’, Henry Cavill actively pursued the role of Geralt of Rivia, a supernaturally-gifted beast hunter in the now super hot Netflix series, ‘The Witcher’.
The fantasy show based on the books and stories of Polish writer Andrzej Sapkowski started streaming on Netflix in December 2019. Created by Lauren Schmidt Hissrich, the show’s first season consisted of eight episodes and was released in its entirety on the streamer last year. ‘The Witcher’s’ crew has resumed production for the second season that is likely to have new characters and even bigger battles.
- How Tom Cruise and ‘Mission Impossible’ influenced Henry Cavill to play Geralt
- Cast of ‘The Witcher’
- Release date of ‘The Witcher’ Season 2
How Tom Cruise and ‘Mission Impossible’ influenced Henry Cavill to play Geralt
In a recent conversation with Star Trek: Picard star Patrick Stewart, Henry Cavill opened up about the stunts he performed in ‘The Witcher’. Cavill confessed that acting alongside former co-star Tom Cruise, in what’s known as one of the biggest action movies of the decade, ‘Mission Impossible: Fallout’, encouraged him to perform his own stunts. Admitting that he likes the “physical stuff”, Cavill stated:
“If an audience is watching Geralt on-screen, they must believe that it is me. If it’s not me, I feel like I’ve betrayed the character in some way, and so I try and do as much as a production will let me.”
This explains how Cavill managed to bring a sense of realism to his character Geralt in the fantasy drama and ultimately become the breakout star everyone is talking about.
Cast of ‘The Witcher’ Season 2
Fans will see Henry Cavill, Anya Chalotra, and Freya Allan, Joey Batey reprise their roles as Geralt, Yennefer, Ciri, and Jaskier respectively. The Witcher Season 2 is expected to revolve a lot around the relationship between these three main characters, with Geralt teaching Ciri how to be a witcher.
With that, the upcoming season will also mark the return of MyAnna Buring as Tissaia, Tom Canton as Filavandrel, Lilly Cooper as Murta, Jeremy Crawford as Yarpin Zigrin, and Eamon Farren as Cahir. Joining them will be Mahesh Jadu as Vilgefortz, Terence Maynard as Artorius, Lars Mikkelson as Stregobor, Mimi Ndiweni as Fringilla Vigo, Royce Pierreson as Istredd, Wilson Radjou-Pujalte as Dara, Anna Shaffer as Triss Merigold, and Therica Wilson Read as Sabrina.
Other than this, creators have also teased the possibility of several new actors joining the anticipated season. Fans are most excited to see Kristofer Hivju, popular for his role as Tormund Giantsbane in ‘Game of Thrones’, join the cast of the show as Nivellen.
According to entertainment portal “Deadline”, Carmel Landiado will join the cast of the fantasy drama as Violet,
“a young girl whose playful and whimsical demeanour is a front for a smarter and more sadistic character”.
Release date of ‘The Witcher’ Season 2
Netflix renewed the series for a second season in November 2019, interestingly, even before the first had premiered on the streamer. Due to the coronavirus pandemic that crippled the production of films and TV shows around the world, ‘The Witcher’ Season 2 was affected as well. However, the filming of the show resumed in August this year keeping all health and safety protocols in mind. But given the current circumstances and limitations, ‘The Witcher’ Season 2 is estimated to drop somewhere in 2021 around September or October.
As fans are desperately waiting for a trailer, the showrunners have unveiled a couple of images on Netflix’s official Instagram handle to give fans a sneak peek into the plot of the second season. Netflix’s account features Henry Cavil’s Geralt donning a brand-new armour and images of Ciri wielding a wooden sword seemingly learning how to fight and discovering her mysterious powers.