Netflix is rolling on with its adaptation of author Andrzej Sapkowski's The Witcher novels. Given that the series is not based on the CD Projekt RED video games of the same name, it's fine to expect… some changes. Since Halloween is today, Netflix is showing off the costume and makeup test of star Henry Cavill as everyone's favorite Witcher.
Get your first look at Henry Cavill in The Witcher! pic.twitter.com/1O2eWS1MkP— Netflix US (@netflix) October 31, 2018
It's less than amazing. Cavill's version of Geralt of Rivia looks more like an edgier, older version of Legolas from Lord of the Rings. Comparisons have also be made to Lucius Malfoy from the Harry Potter films. As a first look, it's not the best foot forward. I'll note, this is a costume test, which generally don't look amazing. Film costumes tend to rely on scene setting and set lighting, so maybe this'll look better in the actual product.
Fans of The Witcher games are pointing to the lack of a beard as a problem. Fans of the novels are countering with the fact that Geralt in the books actually hated having a beard and preferred to go clean shaven if possible.
Regardless, The Witcher on Netflix is still happening. The show will star Cavill as Geralt of Rivia, alongside Freya Allan as Ciri, Anya Chalotra as Yennefer, Jodhi May as Calanthe, Björn Hlynur Haraldsson as Eist, Adam Levy as Mousesack, MyAnna Buring as Tissaia, Mimi Ndiweni as Fringilla, Therica Wilson-Read as Sabrina, and Millie Brady as Renfri. The Witcher on Netflix is coming some time in 2019.