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Jason Momoa rumored for lead role in Netflix’s Witcher prequel

Published: 5/Sep/2020 15:40

by Andy Williams

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Following on from the success of The Witcher’s debut season, Netflix are reportedly targeting Jason Momoa to lead their prequel, Blood Origins.

Netflix’s The Witcher was soaked up by the masses, with over 76 million watching Henry Cavill lead as Geralt of Rivia in the series’ debut month alone.

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It’s popular reception and astronomical viewership figures led to the announcement of a prequel series, called The Witcher: Blood Origin. Set some 1,200 years before Geralt’s, the spinoff series is geared towards educating the audience on the origins of Witchers.

But with the second season of The Witcher penned for a 2021 release, fans are eager to learn more about the prequel… Or more specifically, who will be starring in it.

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Henry Cavill as The Witcher.
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Fans have their ear to the ground for any news on The Witcher’s second season.

Jason Momoa to lead The Witcher: Blood Origins?

Trusted industry insider, Daniel Richtman, has previously claimed that Netflix are gunning to cast Momoa as the lead for Blood Origins. Although, this is yet to be confirmed, since the show is still in the very early stages of pre-production.

Yet the Aquaman star proverbially threw more fuel into the firepit of rumors, after sharing fan artwork of him and Cavill side-by-side to his Instagram story.

The fan-made rendition shows Cavill — as Geralt of Rivia — with his back to Momoa, who is dressed as you’d expect someone at the inception of the common era to look. The 41-year-old captioned the artwork by tagging his former DC co-star and adding nothing but “what’s up homie” as the message.

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Jason Momoa's Instagram story with Henry Cavill as The Witcher.
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Momoa’s Instagram story sent The Witcher fans into a frenzy.

Naturally, this led to a frenzy of speculation as to whether Momoa would definitely be leading a role on The Continent. And while Netflix is yet to reveal the full casting log, fans will certainly be hoping that Momoa leads a star-studded cast.

Should the Aquaman star be fit for the bill, he’ll have big shoes to fill, following Henry Cavill’s acclaimed role as Geralt of Rivia. Who knows, perhaps more will be following, since it appears that the DC universe seems to sport a wealth of talent fit for Cintra.

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Henry Cavill as Arthas in Warcraft 2 makes perfect sense: here’s why

Published: 7/Oct/2020 4:11 Updated: 7/Oct/2020 5:03

by Isaac McIntyre

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Okay World of Warcraft fans, it’s time to go all-in… Henry Cavill would make a perfect Arthas in Blizzard’s newly rumored Warcraft 2 revival, especially after proving he’s got the fantasy chops as Geralt of Rivia in Netflix’s The Witcher.

The original Warcraft movie came out back in 2016, and landed with mixed reviews. World of Warcraft fans loved it, of course; seeing characters like Anduin, Medivh, Gul’dan, and Durotan brought to life on the big screen was a dream come true.

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Critics and general audiences were less convinced. Duncan Jones’ high-fantasy romp in the world of Azeroth was dubbed a failure. A sequel was stamped ‘highly unlikely’ after the box office flop. 

Except, just four years later, the Warcraft rumor mill has thundered back to life. Legendary Entertainment has already green-lit a sequel, according to insider Daniel Ritchman, with Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson involved.

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Warcraft raked in just $47.4 million in the United States, but made $391.7m overseas.
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Warcraft raked in just $47.4 million in the States, but made $391.7m overseas.

And so, with Warcraft 2 reportedly in development, that leaves us with the biggest question for the sequel; what will the story be? Will the franchise take it step by step, and tell the story of “Tides of Darkness,” or head for a better-selling sequel?

In our opinion, Blizzard’s best bet for the sequel is to skip straight to “Reign of Chaos” and it’s genre-defining expansion “The Frozen Throne.” The third game’s storyline has plenty of ‘Game of Thrones’ and ‘Lord of the Rings’ elements.

Enter fantasy’s man of the hour, Henry Cavill.

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Arthas Menethil is key to Warcraft 3, and Cavill is a perfect pick to play him. The prince’s path to the throne is littered with huge battles, dastardly schemes, and of course, the biggest twist Blizzard’s Warcraft franchise has ever offered up.

Reason number one: I mean, look at Henry Cavill. That speaks for itself.

Henry Cavill in a fan-mockup depicting him as Arthas Menethil.
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Henry Cavill in a fan-mockup depicting him as Warcraft’s Arthas Menethil.

There are other reasons too though. One is that Cavill is a big World of Warcraft fan himself, meaning he’d likely be eager to sign on. I mean come on, the guy missed the news he had been cast as Superman because he was deep in a WoW raid.

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Former Blizzard figurehead Chris Metzen and Rise of the Lich King writer Christie Golden have both given Cavill’s fan-casting their tick of approval too; the Warcraft duo are well and truly “on the [Cavill as] Arthas train.”

Finally, Warcraft 2 will need ticket-selling star power. The first 2016 flick did have plenty of big names ⁠— Vikings lead Travis Fimmell was among them, as was Marvel’s Dominic Cooper ⁠— but none command the same household stardom as Henry Cavill.

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Cavill, 37, is a little old for Arthas in “Reign of Chaos” and “The Frozen Throne,” but if Legendary and Blizzard plan out a trilogy leading into “Wrath of the Lich King” ⁠— which they absolutely should ⁠— the British star will fit perfectly for Menethil’s final Warcraft hurrah.

Heck, cast a younger actor for the opening stage of the prince’s life, then bring Cavill in with a narrative time-jump in the third or fourth Warcraft movie.

Arthas Menethil and his path to the throne should be front and center in future Warcraft sequels.
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Arthas Menethil and his path to the throne should be front and center in future Warcraft sequels.

The Superman star isn’t the only name being linked to Warcraft 2 either. Fimmel is expected to return as Anduin in the sequel, as is Ben Schnetzer as Khadgar. Paula Patton has also said she’d “love” to return for another Warcraft outing.

The same insider reports that suggested Warcraft 2 is now in the works also tipped Jurassic World lead Chris Pratt as another star who has already been tabled a multi-movie deal.

Duncan Jones, who directed the 2016 release, also said he would happily return as long as there are “less cooks in the kitchen.” Blizzard has yet to officially respond to the reported new sequel, so take everything with a pinch of salt… for now.