Full disclosure: I know next to nothing about The Witcher as a franchise/concept/whatever you want to call it. I tried the play The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt around the time it came out despite knowing I don’t enjoy open-world games and I especially don’t enjoy open-world games where the only way to get around is either on foot or the back of a horse. Needless to stay, I didn’t stick around long enough to see the fabled bathtub scene.
Despite my relative lack of knowledge on the novels made video games, what I do know is this: I’m attracted to Henry Cavill. The Man of Steel and Mission Impossible: Fallout star is playing the titular Witcher Geralt of Rivia in the Netflix TV adaptation set to launch on the streaming service next week. Part of that aforementioned attraction comes from his voice, that he and Netflix put to good use with this painfully brief video of him reading a selection from the first novel in the series titled The Last Wish.
As I said before, I know basically nothing about The Witcher and don’t feel pretty much anything for its world and characters. But for the five minutes and 22 seconds Cavill spent reading through the opening bits of The Last Wish, I was full engrossed in the plight of Geralt while he fought with a bunch of guards in a bar. At least I think that’s what was happening? You ever read a long section of a book and realize you only barely retained any of the information on the page? Well that happened while listening to this as I was engrossed by Cavill’s velvety voice.
I guess, god forbid, I might have to listen to it again to truly be able to recount just what happened in those first few pages of The Last Wish.
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Netflix’s Witcher series will consist of eight episodes and be available to stream next week on December 20. Alongside Cavill as Geralt, other fan favorites are set to make an appearance as well, including Freya Allan as Princess Ciri and Anya Chalotra as Yennefer of Vengerberg.
The Witcher isn’t the only adaptation Netflix has in the works, as the company also has plans to create an animated series based on Cuphead, but the details of that one aren’t quite as publicly fleshed out just yet. Outside of video games, Netflix is also working on a live-action adaptation of beloved ’90s anime Cowboy Bebop, which was unfortunately put on hold after star John Cho injured his knee on set back in October, pushing back production by at least half a year.
While The Witcher is expanding into live-action television, CD Projekt RED, the studio that develops the games, is currently hard at work on Cyberpunk 2077, which is set to launch on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on April 16, 2020.