The Witcher Star Henry Cavill Now Has a Tribute Character in Total War: Warhammer 2

The Witcher Star Henry Cavill Now Has a Tribute Character in Total War: Warhammer 2

Painting all those minis (and being a great actor) all leads up to this.

Whether you know him best as Superman, Geralt of Rivia, or just as good old Henry Cavill, you should always keep in mind that all signs point to Cavill genuinely being a big nerd. Case in point: last year, Cavill let GQ know he's played through Total War: Warhammer 2 six times. Now, as a shoutout from the devs at Creative Assembly, Cavill's got a character named after him in some Total War DLC.

The character, simply named Cavill, is a High Elf featured in Total War's new "The Warden and The Paunch" DLC launching May 21. If you start the DLC as the titular Warden, Eltharion the Grim, you'll soon meet his Loremaster Cavill, who also has a special "White Wolf" trait—a nod, clearly, to Cavill's role as Geralt.

Richard Aldridge, Total War: Warhammer 2's game director, tells PCGamesN that he "thought it would be fun to somehow inject [Cavill] into the game" after not only seeing that the actor likes Total War, but is a true-blue Warhammer fan. "With the Warden and the Paunch coming up, it felt like a good time to include Henry, and what better way than having a mighty Loremaster of Hoeth by your side[.]"

The timing is particularly good, as almost exactly a month ago Cavill revealed that he has taken up painting Warhammer minis—"plastic crack," his words—again while staying at home during the COVID-19 pandemic. "Genuinely can't get enough of the lore they have built over the decades," writes Cavill of Games Workshop's greater Warhammer franchise. "They have been some of my most enthused reads! If you were in denial about me being a geek before, you can't hide from it now."

Now obviously, to complete the circle Cavill should paint a High Elf mini to look just like his Loremaster namesake. It'll probably be a while before the second season of Netflix's The Witcher resumes production, so he's got plenty of time for it.

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Mathew Olson


Mathew Olson is a writer formerly of Digg, where he blogged and reported about all things under the umbrella of internet culture (including games, of course). He lives in New York, grew up under rain clouds and the influence of numerous games studios in the Pacific Northwest, and will talk your ear off about Half-Life mods, Talking Heads or Twin Peaks if you let him.

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