The Witcher star Henry Cavill is on the bench after suffering a leg injury on the set of the show's upcoming second season, but filming will commence in his absence. Reportedly, the moment came when Cavill had been suspended 20 feet high in trees on a safety harness while working on a scene. Exactly how the 37-year-old injured himself isn't clear, but whatever happened, it was obvious to those around him on set that Cavill was in a great deal of pain.
"The filming has been hit because of what happened to Henry. He was on an assault course and injured his leg," an unnamed source for The Sun explains. "He just suddenly pulled up and was clearly in a lot of pain. It wasn't clear if an object had hit his leg or it was some sort of hamstring or muscle injury."
Because Henry Cavill would need to wear heavy armor in his scenes and wouldn't be able to walk properly with his injury, doctors have advised him to rest at this time. With production on the Netflix Original series already behind due to previous delays, this incident throws a wrench into what has likely been a stressful shoot. Entertainment Weekly has since reported that filming will continue on The Witcher season 2 without Cavill, though production will still temporarily shut down soon for the holidays as had been previously planned.
The Witcher is based on the book series of the same name by Andrzej Sapkowski, which had previously been adapted as a popular video game series. Developed for the small screen by Lauren Schmidt Hissrich, the TV series debuted on Netflix in late 2019. Even with just days to go until the end of the year, it still became one of the streamer's most-watched titles of 2019, giving Netflix a new big hit on their hands.
Cavill leads the series as Geralt of Rivia, a magical monster hunter and the titular "Witcher," co-starring alongside Freya Allan as Ciri the crown princess of Cintra. The series also stars Eamon Farren, Anya Chalotra, Joey Batey, MyAnna Buring, and Royce Pierreson. Newcomers to the cast include Game of Thrones favorite Kristofer Hivju, who'll be playing Nivellen in the show's second season.
Season 2 of The Witcher will consist of eight episodes, but there's guaranteed to be much more to expect from the franchise in the future. Netflix has ordered a six-part live-action prequel series called Blood Origin, revealing the story of the very first Witcher. An animated movie set in the Witcher universe, dubbed The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf, is also in the works at the streamer.
There's no word yet on when exactly season 2 of The Witcher will debut on Netflix, but the new episodes are expected to arrive sometime in 2021. For now, you can binge the entire first season on the streamer, for those who have yet to check out the series. Let's just hope it will be worth the wait. Get well soon, Henry! Details of this story come to us from The Sun as well as Entertainment Weekly.