Superman and Mission: Impossible star Henry Cavill will lead Netflix's The Witcher TV series

Henry Cavill has been playing one of the most iconic comic book characters ever since 2013’s Man of Steel, and now he’s adding to his geek cred by taking on the mantle of a gaming’s most recognisable anti-heroes of the last few years.

Yup, the Justice League and Mission: Impossible actor is going to be playing Geralt of Rivia in Netflix’s TV adaptation of The Witcher, the popular fantasy saga book series from Polish writer Andrzej Sapkowski that was later turned into a popular game series.

Set in a fantasy world, The Witcher follows the adventures of Geralt, a contracted hunter of foul beasties.

The Netflix synopsis makes it clear the series will be based on the books, describing it as “an epic tale of fate and family”.

“Geralt of Rivia, a solitary monster hunter, struggles to find his place in a world where people often prove more wicked than beasts,” the synopsis continues. “But when destiny hurtles him toward a powerful sorceress, and a young princess with a dangerous secret, the three must learn to navigate the increasingly volatile Continent together.”

In the games, there’s also plenty of sex, sometimes atop unicorns. We hope that bit makes it into the series.

The Netflix show will consist of eight episodes, with four directed by Game of Thrones‘ Alik Sakharov, two directed by Outlander‘s Charlotte Brändström and another two directed by Daredevil‘s Alex Garcia Lopez.

Another Daredevil alumni, Lauren Schmidt Hissrich, is showrunning the whole thing and she tweeted today (September 4) saying there’d never been any other choice for Geralt.

“He was my first meeting,” she wrote. I didn’t have writers or scripts yet – just a greenlight and a lot of passion.

“That was four months ago, and I’ve never forgotten the passion he brought. He IS Geralt. He always has been. I’m so thrilled to welcome HENRY CAVILL to the #Witcher family.”

Netflix had a hit recently with its animated adaption of the long-running Castlevania series. A second season of that is set to drop later this year.

If you’ve got a PlayStation 4, Xbox One or a decent PC and you’ve never played The Witcher III: Wild Hunt then you should probably get on that right now.

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