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Henry Cavill luxuriates in Geralt of Rivia's lustrous, gray locks in first look at The Witcher

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Now that he’s punched free of both the red cape and CGI smile that masked his true potential, Henry Cavill is free to become the lionhearted man-beast that his very large arms demand he be. He’ll do just that as Geralt of Rivia, the anchor of Netflix’s upcoming adaptation of The Witcher, which is based not on the CD Projekt Red games so much as Andrzej Sapkowski novels.

“He was my first meeting. I didn’t have writers or scripts yet – just a greenlight and a lot of passion,” Lauren Schmidt Hissrich said upon the announcement of Cavill’s casting. “That was four months ago, and I’ve never forgotten the passion he brought. He IS Geralt. He always has been.”

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If you doubted her, prepare to eat thy words. Netflix shared a brief clip of Cavill clad in both form-fitting leather and the long, silken strands of the character’s famous mane, and it doesn’t take much imagination to see the man swinging a giant sword and bedding the myriad ladies (and unicorns) of The Continent.

Sure, he looks a little bit like Beefy Legolas, but rest assured that a dirty patch of stubble should fix that. That said, Cavill’s relationship with facial hair has been a spotty one...

The Witcher will soon begin filming in Hungary, and a press release has announced a supporting cast that includes House Of Cards’ Lars Mikkelsen and Eamon Farren, who played the diabolical Richard Horne on Twin Peaks: The Return.

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Randall Colburn

Randall Colburn is The A.V. Club's Internet Culture Editor. He lives in Chicago, occasionally writes plays, and was a talking head in Best Worst Movie, the documentary about Troll 2.