Monday, May 20, 2019

All Eyes On 'The Witcher' Following GoT Finale

As TV viewers look for the next big thing following the Game of Thrones finale, all eyes are now turning to The Witcher. The show that's about to wrap production in Budapest, has been popping up in article after article talking about its chances of ruling supreme.

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Based on a series of novels and stories by the Polish writer Andrzej Sapkowski (though we should note that the video games based on Spakowski’s books may be better known than the books themselves), the upcoming Netflix series is already notable for apparently snagging Henry Cavill away from the role of Superman. Cavill will play Geralt of Rivia, a monster hunter sworn to protect a young princess, who uses both supernatural abilities and body modifications to defeat mythical beasts. Save for the fact that it focuses on a smaller number of more intimately connected protagonists, the series, while still somewhat shrouded in mystery, appears to have the potential to tick off a lot of the boxes that made Thrones Thrones.

Epicness: Andrzej Sapkowski has certainly built his own world, but his novels tend to be more episodic in nature and focused mainly on the central protagonist, Geralt of Rivia, and his protégée Ciri.

Sex and violence: Um, how do we put this? There are scenes from the video games that have been uploaded to PornHub. It doesn’t seem to skimp on the violence, either.

Political intrigue: There are warring kingdoms herein, and interestingly it all takes place in a land that was inhabited by magical creatures until humans came around and colonized it. Now those magical creatures are forced to live in ghettos.

More than white men with beards?: Aside from Cavill’s main role, most of the major characters are female, including the bisexual Princess Ciri (though—spoiler alert—her eventual female love interest isn’t among the cast of the first season). The cast list features some diversity and a female showrunner, Lauren Schmidt Hissrich.

Dragons?: Yeah. Geralt kills them. He’s a monster hunter. It’s what he does.

Based on the Polish writer Andrzej Sapkowski’s fantasy series about monster hunters with supernatural abilities, “Witcher” has a uniquely “Thrones” pedigree. It’s literary work with a pulpy setting.

Most important, “Witcher” has something nearly all the other shows don’t: an airdate. Netflix says it will debut it in the fall.

While not much is known about Netflix's production of The Witcher, the massively popular book and video game series has plenty of material to draw from. CD Projekt Red's expansive RPG The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt captured everything that fans love about the series — epic monster battles, rich characters and, of course, sex with sorceresses. Netflix's series is helmed by Daredevil writer Lauren Schmidt Hissrich and stars Henry Cavill of Superman-fame as the white-haired, cat-eyed Witcher Geralt of Rivia.

Henry Cavill is starring as monster-hunter Geralt of Rivia in Netflix’s forthcoming adaptation of the video game series The Witcher. There’s reason to hope this eight-episode series won’t suffer the same creative fate of countless other adaptations of games — and this one may be the most obvious contender as a Thrones replacement, given the fantasy element.


Although it might be more famous as a video game series to most, The Witcher actually began as a series of novels by author Andrzej Sapkowski. Superman star Henry Cavill is going to play the title character, monster hunter Geralt of Rivia. And he’s doing it in a questionable platinum blonde wig. But don’t expect that to stop fans of the series from turning out in droves. This is Netflix’s first big jump into the epic fantasy pool, and coming on the heels of Game of Thrones this has a real shot at filling that fantasy hole in our hearts now that Westeros is a memory.

Netflix is throwing its hat in the fantasy ring with its take on acclaimed novel turned video game series, The Witcher. The hugely popular fantasy novels by Andrzej Sapkowski have legions of fans globally who are eagerly anticipating the small screen adaptation. Henry Cavill takes on the lead the role as Geralt of Rivia, a solitary monster hunter after fans had been deeply speculating who would play the protagonist for months.


Henry Cavill will ditch the Superman cape and “Mission: Impossible” mustache to take up the steel and silver swords of Geralt of Rivia. The white-haired monster hunter with yellow cat-eyes slays beasts for gold across the Continent using his magical witcher powers. However, Geralt is one of the last of his kind, and most people don’t take kindly to witchers. His stories span Polish writer Andrzej Sapkowski’s novels and can be played through in the video game trilogy of the same name.

Can you say HYPE?!

Now let's just hope we don't have to wait too long for a teaser to drop. Keep checking back for the latest news on Netflix's The Witcher.

UPDATE (5/21): While we have yet to really get a good look at Henry as The Witcher, his costar Joey Batey has given us a glimpse at Geralt's set chair. Batey plays Jaskier, who is a close friend of  the monster hunter. We look forward to seeing Henry and Joey's scenes together when the show premieres this fall.

Saturday, May 18, 2019

New: Csilla Shares Her Moment With Henry In Budapest

"Best day of my life"

Csilla met Henry as he walked Kal in Budapest today. She asked for a pic and here it is!

Henry looks like he was enjoying the beautiful day and we thank Csilla for sharing her moment with him.  Henry is back in Hungary to finish filming The Witcher that will premiere on Netflix this fall.

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Superman And Aquaman Reunite In Budapest

The reunion you guys have been asking for is here!

Jason Momoa has posted this fun clip of him hanging out with Henry in Budapest...

The two started setting it up yesterday, after Jason commented on Henry's latest post. Next thing you know, Superman and Aquaman are back together again.

Henry just got back to Hungary to continue filming The Witcher, while Jason is there shooting Dune. Thanks for the video you guys!

Safilo Launching Travel Retail Campaign Featuring Henry

Heads up travelers, you may spot Henry at airports around the world!

Italian eyewear maker Safilo, is going to be using the BOSS spring/summer 2019 collection featuring Henry for an exclusive global travel retail campaign.

So keep an eye out for him in displays like the one below at Zurich Airport. You can read all the details at The Moodie Davitt Report.

"It's All About Taking Little Steps" Henry's New Post

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While in Jersey for the Durrell Challenge I had the good fortune to drive an Audi. The event being all about conservation and protecting our planet, I decided it was time to start taking the next step in my own journey to being a better man for the planet and going electric when I can. This was a great opportunity to try out the new e-tron from Audi! I enjoyed the car, and after finally adjusting to driving around in near silence I couldn't help but imagine a city being almost peaceful if it had all electric vehicles. It's all about taking little steps I reckon, as long as we are all trying, bit by bit to be better for our planet, we might just save her yet. Whether it's animal conservation, using electric vehicles, enabling biodiversity or reducing and ultimately eliminating our use of single use plastics, we can do our part in bringing our planet earth back into balance again. #Durrell #BioDiversity #Electric #Audi #ETron
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From all the things Henry does to inspire his fans, nothing makes us prouder than seeing him "taking little steps" to help planet earth when we all need it the most. The time for everyone to step up is now and Henry's huge social media reach definitely helps push that vital message. Thanks, Superman.

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Henry Cavill Interview At The 2019 Durrell Challenge

Henry has been an ambassador for Durrell Wildlife since 2014, this year marking the fourth time he hosts and participates in The Durrell Challenge. No matter how busy he is, or where in the world he's filming, Henry always makes it home to Jersey for the charity 13K.

He talked to us about why this year he really didn't train for The Durrell Challenge, the Go Wild Gorillas project, the natural beauty as he filmed The Witcher on The Canary Islands and why Superman may be the most concerned about the environment. He also answered some of your fan questions!

A very special thanks to Durrell and Henry's team for allowing us to bring you this coverage. We hope you guys are already making plans to participate in next year's Durrell Challenge!

The official fundraising link for this year's event is still open and we have yet to reach the goal -- Every donation makes a huge difference as Durrell works on saving endangered animals. Here's the link to contribute. Thanks everyone!

For everything else from the 2019 Durrell Challenge check out our wrap

Sunday, May 12, 2019

The Durrell Challenge Wrap: All Videos, Fan Pics, Interviews

Another very successful Durrell Challenge in the books!

Hundreds of participants joined Henry for the fourth annual 13K in support of Durrell Wildlife.  

This year Henry started The Durrell Challenge with his family and The Witcher's showrunner, Lauren S. Hissrich after doing his first interviews for the day.

The Durrell Challenge: First Official Photos & Press Release

The first official pictures from The Durrell Challenge are out!

Congratulations to everyone who participated in today's run in support of Durrell's conservation work around the world. You can still help Durrell and Henry reach the fundraising goal. More to come! -- Make sure you check out our wrap of the event.

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12th May 2019

The Durrell Challenge 13K Race Results

Durrell was delighted to see nearly 700 people turn up this morning for the fourth Durrell Challenge, including their global ambassador Henry Cavill.

The line-up included entrants from 21 countries, and close to 40 VIP runners who all committed to raise funds in excess of £1,200 for the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust.

The challenging 13K route started from Victoria Park in St Helier and took runners through beautiful green lanes up to Jersey Zoo where finishers were welcomed by family and friends.

Durrell’s CEO, Dr. Lesley Dickie, commented on the event:

“We are delighted that this year has seen the largest field of runners taking on the Durrell Challenge. It has been fantastic to see this event keep growing and we are particularly grateful this year for the support from Butterfield. Also a huge thank you to our ambassador, Henry Cavill, for once again supporting this event.

Well done to all the runners that took part in this challenging run and enormous thanks to those that raised funds to support our work saving species both in Jersey and around the world. We are well on our way to reaching our target of £60,000 which would be a fantastic achievement in our 60th anniversary year.”

The first man across the line was Sam Maher in a time of 0:46:24, which was a new course record, and the winning woman was Rebecca Thompson in a time of 0:52:48.

Full race results can be found at

The Durrell Challenge & Really Wild Day was kindly sponsored by Butterfield.

Following the race, the Really Wild Day at Jersey Zoo saw visitors enjoying wild activities including haystack climbing, live music, wild yoga and natural obstacle courses. Younger visitors were sent on a mission around the zoo as they undertook ‘Mission Possible’ sponsored by Appleby.