Actor Henry Cavill has portrayed Geralt of Rivia in the Netflix series The Witcher but was initially turned down for the role. The Witcher was released on Netflix in December 2019, based on the book series of the same name by Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski.
The success was immediate and Henry Cavill did a good job as Rivia’s monster hunter, Wall Turtle. So they have already confirmed the second season. But things could have been very different, as he almost dropped out of the lead role.
When Henry Cavill first heard that a television adaptation of The Witcher was developing, he allegedly squeezed his agents to have a meeting with Netflix, as he wanted.
Geralt of Rivia plays. Cavill knew the story and the characters well, as he is a big fan of video games, so he kept telling his agents about it.
Netflix finally agreed to meet him, but the show’s planner, Lauren Schmidt Hisrich, hadn’t prepared the script yet and didn’t even know what the show was going to be like. Hisrich did not notice the commencement of this meeting in the development of the series and said that his insistence was “annoying”.
Therefore Henry Cavill was rejected. A few months later, when Lauren Schmidt was working on the Hisrich script and was now actively searching for the right Geralt of Rivia.
More than 200 actors read the role, but Henry Cavill’s voice stuck in his head as he wrote the character’s lines. Hisrich reunited with the actor again for a proper audition and eventually landed the role.
Finally, to bring Henry Cavill to life, The Witcher’s hero Geralt de Rivia, it was a combination of (extreme) perseverance, patience, and charm. Since he managed to make a lasting impression on Hisrich, even if it was partly because he found it “annoying”.