Henry Cavill unveils first trailer for Netflix fantasy-drama series The Witcher at Comic-Con: 'He's not your average hero'

Netflix debuted the first trailer for its much-hyped new fantasy-drama series The Witcher at Comic-Con in San Diego on Friday, with the help of star Henry Cavill.

The Superman alum was joined on stage for the big reveal with cast members Anya Chalotra, Freya Allan and showrunner Lauren Hissrich.

The trailer shows Cavill wielding his sword as Geralt of Rivia, a monster hunter for hire who happens to be mutated and trained from an early age to slay deadly beasts.

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The big reveal: Henry Cavill helped unveil the first trailer for the Netflix fantasy-drama series The Witcher at Comic-Con in San Diego on Friday

The big reveal: Henry Cavill helped unveil the first trailer for the Netflix fantasy-drama series The Witcher at Comic-Con in San Diego on Friday

Transformed: Cavill looks almost unrecognizable as Geralt in the first trailer

Transformed: Cavill looks almost unrecognizable as Geralt in the first trailer

Looking buff and casual-cool in blue jeans and a long-sleeve green shirt, Cavill, 36, admitted that he lobbied hard to land the lead part in the series because he loved the video games.  

'I'm a big gamer. I played the games a lot, many many hours put into those.' he said on stage, as reported by Variety.

'There was something about Geralt which really struck a chord with me, he's not your average hero.'

He added, 'He's a tough, real-world type person who won't treat everyone perfectly and at the same time down he's a real hero, but he keeps that very secret and very private.'

Creepy: The witcher Geralt, a mutated monster hunter, struggles to find his place in a world where people often prove more wicked than beasts

Creepy: The witcher Geralt, a mutated monster hunter, struggles to find his place in a world where people often prove more wicked than beasts

Mysterious: A royal enchantress confides in Geralt

Mysterious: A royal enchantress confides in Geralt

After the trailer played, Cavill told the audience that he did all of his own stunts and gave a glimpse into how he got into sword-fighting shape.

'It was getting used to the wight of the sword, using it day in day out,' Cavill said before confessing that he carried around three different swords throughout the day while filming.  

Hissrich, who's also helped to helm Marvel’s Daredevil and The West Wing, said she auditioned more than 200 actors for Geralt, but all along she kept coming back to Cavill because she would hear his voice in her head while working on the scripts.

Ready for battle: The guards are quick to act when a prisoner tries to escape

Ready for battle: The guards are quick to act when a prisoner tries to escape

Frightening: Anya Chalotra plays Yennefer in the much-anticipated series as Freya Allan plays Ciri
Frightening: Anya Chalotra plays Yennefer in the much-anticipated series as Freya Allan plays Ciri

Frightening: Anya Chalotra plays Yennefer in the much-anticipated series as Freya Allan plays Ciri

Epic: The series is being compared to Game Of Thrones

Epic: The series is being compared to Game Of Thrones

Action star: Cavill shows off his muscular physique

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The Witcher is an upcoming eight-episode Netflix adaptation of the bestselling medieval fantasy book series by Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski that was later adapted into a popular video game and comic book franchise of the same name.

Alik Sakharov, Charlotte Brändström and Alex Garcia Lopez are splitting the directing duties.    

The series is expected to premiere on Netflix later in the year.        

The Countdown! The Witcher is expected to premiere later in 2019

The Countdown! The Witcher is expected to premiere later in 2019

Firestarter: A character is engulfed in flames

Firestarter: A character is engulfed in flames 

Struck a chord: 'There was something about Geralt which really struck a chord with me, he's not your average hero,' Cavill told the audience

Struck a chord: 'There was something about Geralt which really struck a chord with me, he's not your average hero,' Cavill told the audience

Passionate: Cavill, 36, admitted that he lobbied hard to land the lead part of Geralt of Rivia

Passionate: Cavill, 36, admitted that he lobbied hard to land the lead part of Geralt of Rivia

Casual-cool: The former Superman star looked buff in 7 For All Mankind jeans and a green shirt for the panel

Casual-cool: The former Superman star looked buff in 7 For All Mankind jeans and a green shirt for the panel

 

 

 

 

 

Henry Cavill unveils first trailer for Netflix fantasy-drama series The Witcher at Comic-Con

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