Henry Cavill wants to be Geralt in The Witcher Netflix series

Henry Cavill is the modern-day Superman and a jerkish American in the latest Mission Impossible, but he has a new role on the mind: Geralt of Rivia. The topic of The Witcher came up in a recent promotional interview with the actor, and he’s got a great appreciation for the franchise – one that means he’d love the titular role of the Witcher in the new Netflix series.

Cavill says “I just replayed [The Witcher 3] all the way through. Love that game. Really good game.” That leads to a question about whether the actor would like to play Geralt in the Netflix series, and Cavill says “Absolutely, yeah, that’d be an amazing role.”

You might be able to dismiss that as just interview small talk, but Cavill turns things around, asking the interviewer if he’s read the books. “The books are amazing. The books are really, really good.” As Cavill notes, the Netflix series will be a “little bit of both. They’re picking a bit from the game and a bit from the book – a lot from the books. But the books, I started reading and they are well worth the read.”

So clearly Cavill’s been keeping up with the development of the Witcher Netflix series, which we know began casting back in June – maybe it’s all research for a potential new role. You can hear Cavill’s full comments in the interview below.

The Witcher is still a good way off from hitting Netflix, with an inaugural season of eight episodes set to launch in 2020, predominantly filmed in Eastern Europe.