A huge setback for The Witcher series as star man Henry Cavill is sidelined with an on-set injury.
It has recently come to light that the star of The Witcher series, Henry Cavill, injured himself on set while filming season 2 of the hit Netflix show. Cavill plays the lead role, starring as Geralt of Rivia. The show is based on the books of the same name by Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski. Season 1 of The Witcher was a huge success for the streaming giant. The series received critical acclaim, and Netflix even decided to renew it for a second season before the first season had even been released. Season 2 of The Witcher is due to drop in 2021 and will once again have eight episodes – much like season 1.
Filming of season 2 of The Witcher has seemingly been cursed from the start. Production on the project began in early 2020, but of course had to be shutdown initially due to the coronavirus. Filming and production then restarted in the summer months, and again halted in November. This came after it was revealed four people working on the project tested Covid positive. Filming did restart once again, but most recently hit another bump in the road when Cavill suffered his injury.
The Sun reported that Cavill experienced the injury while on an assault course. Cavill was performing a stunt using a safety harness and was reportedly 20 feet off the ground at the time. The injury wasn’t severe enough to require an ambulance to arrive at the scene, however, the injury is expected to cause some complications with any requirements for Cavill to don heavy armor in future filming sessions. Deadline reports that Cavill only a minor muscle injury, but it will delay production for a short while as Cavill is expected to be sidelined for the foreseeable future.
No doubt this is a blow for the ongoing production of The Witcher – however, production is expected to continue in Cavill’s absence and it will give the cast and crew an opportunity to crack on with filming other scenes that don’t require Cavill’s presence. Unfortunately accidents like this are part and parcel of the filming process where stunts are required to be performed to complete action scenes. It would be reasonable to conclude that the team behind the series took scenarios such as this into account from the outset when setting out a timeline for the entire production process.
As unfortunate as all of these reported events are, it will certainly be reassuring for fans to learn that the show is indeed going on. There is nothing at the moment to suggest that The Witcher season 2 will be delayed beyond a 2021 release. In the meantime, we all wish Henry Cavill a very speedy recovery.
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