As I write this, it’s Friday, it’s late in the day, and we’re all ready for the weekend to get here. None of us much feels like doing anything that requires real effort at the moment, so my advice is to just kick back and relax. And what could be more relaxing than having professional handsome man Henry Cavill read The Witcher? The actor, who stars in the upcoming Netflix Witcher series, sat down to read some passages from a Witcher book.
Even if you don’t want to watch Netflix’s The Witcher you might want to watch Henry Cavill sit in a big comfy chair with some booze nearby, turning the pages on a big Witcher book. As far as videos go, this isn’t the most exciting or action-packed. But that’s not what this video is about. It’s about luring Cavill fans in with the prospect of hearing the actor use his smooth voice to read some fantasy text. In the video, Cavill reads from the first book in The Witcher series, The Last Wish.
The Witcher “is an epic tale of fate and family. Ger of Rivia, a solitary monster hunter, struggles to find his place in a world where people often prove more wicked than beasts. 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. On a Continent riddled with evil, the paths of a monster hunter, a sorceress and a runaway princess converge.”
“I really love the idea of taking this series of novels that fans already love with and bringing them to a new audience,” said showrunner Lauren Hissrich. “There’s also fun in exploring what happens between the pages of the books. The books explore events over a long period of time but there’s also story they skip through — Yennefer. for instance, some of the more defining moments of her life, we hear about them in flashback. We got to explore them in real time. It’s exciting to take Andrzej’s work and bring it to life.”
The rumor mill has been churning hard over the last few days, with reports suggesting that Man of Steel and The Witcher star Henry Cavill is wanted as Wolverine in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Since then, a multitude of artists have taken to the drawing board to create depictions of what the actor may look like as the adamantium clawed member of the X-Men.
Over the weekend, unfounded rumors circulated on social media prompting discussion of whether Cavill would be a good fit for the Wolverine role in the MCU. The reports even state that Henry Cavill's Logan may make his debut in the Captain Marvel sequel. So far, there has been no confirmation or rejection of these rumors, and so the artists continue to render and the fans continue to speculate and debate whether Cavill should play the role.
The fan-art does a great job of giving us an idea of what Henry Cavill could look like with the claws, sideburns, and spikey-hair, and there is no doubt that he cast the intimidating shadow one would expect of the berserker raging Wolverine. Whilst some fans have stated that Cavill clearly has the broad chest and dark hair associated with Logan, others have criticized the idea of having another tall actor portray the famously short comic book character.
Hugh Jackman faced similar criticism at the time, but of course, went on to win fans over and played Wolverine for nearly two decades ultimately becoming the definitive live-action version. In the comics though, Wolverine stands at 5'3'', whilst Cavill is much more statuesque 6'1'', and though Jackman proved that the does not hinder an actor's ability to play the character, fans are hoping for a different, more comic-accurate take on Wolverine.
Physical attributes aside, Cavill does already have experience playing hugely famous comic book characters, having played Superman in Man of Steel, Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice and the Justice League movie. He has also demonstrated his talent for playing gruff, no-nonsense warriors with his role as Geralt in Netflix's hugely successful series of The Witcher. So, Cavill arguably could bring the character of Wolverine to life in Captain Marvel 2, but does that make him the right choice?
Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige did confirm at San Diego Comic-Con 2019 that the X-Men will be coming to the MCU eventually, though currently we do not know when or how this will play out. They are of course now able to fold the X-Men and their fellow mutant-kind into the MCU thanks to Disney's purchase of Fox last year.
Henry Cavill is currently filming The Witcher season 2 for Netflix. The assortment of artwork comes from the Instagram accounts of Apex Form, Rimo Dey, Royy Ledger, and Kinoman AZ.
Netflix will conduct a deep cleaning of “The Witcher” set after one of the fantasy series' actors tested positive for the coronavirus.
Kristofer Hivju, a “Game of Thrones” veteran who will appear in “The Witcher” Season 2, revealed that he had tested positive for the coronavirus in an Instagram post Monday. Around the same time, Netflix sent an email to the show's production team noting that an “individual” had contracted the virus. Though the company did not specify the individual, Deadline reported that it was Hivju.
Netflix told Deadline that it would immediately be closing production offices as well as Arborfield Studios, where the series is shot, and “arranging for deep cleaning and disinfection” of both. Netflix representative also stated the company was recommending “The Witcher” cast and crew self-quarantine for two weeks.
Netflix representatives did not return a request for comment. The company halted production on the series two weeks ago due to concerns about the coronavirus.
Despite testing positive for the virus, Hivju maintained a positive outlook on Instagram and told his 3.7 million followers that he only had mild symptoms. The actor, who portrayed Tormund Giantsbane in “Game of Thrones,” also urged others to practice social distancing and do what they can to stay healthy.
“My familiy and I are self-isolating at home for as long as it takes,” Hivju wrote on Instagram. “We are in good health — I only have mild symptoms of a cold. There are people at higher risk for who this virus might be a devastating diagnosis, so I urge all of you to be extremely careful.”
Hivju will portray Nivellen in “The Witcher” Season 2, a man who is cursed to take on a monstrous appearance in the franchise's lore.
“The Witcher” Season 1 hit Netflix last December and received an enthusiastic review from IndieWire's Ben Travers, who praised its performances and frequently ludicrous — albeit entertaining — premises. The series was also an apparent ratings hit and sparked renewed interest in the fantasy franchise, which is based on the books by Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski.
“The Witcher” is one of an increasingly large number of film or TV productions that has been impacted by the coronavirus. Netflix stopped production on all scripted TV series in films in the U.S. and Canada due to the virus, and other companies ranging from Disney to Apple have similarly halted production on many of their upcoming projects.
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