Henry Cavill Halts Production On The Witcher Season 3

By Charlene Badasie | Published

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The third season of the popular fantasy series The Witcher has been forced to halt production as Henry Cavill tested positive for Covid-19. Fan site Redanian Intelligence says filming came to an abrupt stop on July 25th just as the cast and crew were preparing to shoot a major battle sequence called the Thanedd Coup. The scene comes straight from author Andrzej Sapkowski’s novel, Time of Contempt where Geralt of Rivia finds himself in the middle of a covert war between two mage factions.

Trouble starts brewing when Geralt is given a consequential offer from the mage Vilgefortz to the cause of the forces of Nilfgaard against the Northern Kingdoms. But when he makes a neutral declaration, it is not well-received. As a result, a supposed conclave among the Brotherhood of Sorcerers escalates to disastrous proportions turning into a grand battle between Geralt and Vilgefortz. And it does not end well for the former. While Henry Cavill is expected to make a full recovery, production will remain on hold till the lead star tests negative for the virus.

Unfortunately, Henry Cavill’s positive test isn’t the first piece of disappointing news surrounding the actor. The former Superman star was expected to make an appearance at San Diego Comic-Con during the Warner Bros Hall H panel for its DC Extended Universe lineup. Leading up to the event, rumors about the actor announcing his return as the Last Son of Krypton swirled online. But when the day finally arrived, the Man of Steel was nowhere to be seen. Fans were extremely disappointed since his portrayal of the character in the DCEU is still held in high regard.

Although he was absent from Comic-Con, Henry Cavill received praise from imminently debuting DC star Dwayne Johnson. The Black Adam actor had nothing but praise for his counterpart, describing him as the Superman of our generation (with respect to the other Supermans of the past). “Henry is a buddy and he is a phenomenal Superman,” the Jungle Cruise star said via ComicBook. “Every time I see him, we have some tequila and I say ‘This guy is Superman.’”

The last time fans got to see Henry Cavill as the superhero was in the theatrically released Justice League in 2017. Since then, The Witcher represented a major franchise transition for the British star. Following its debut in 2019, the series became a pop culture phenomenon, with a second season hitting Netflix in 2021. Season three still does not have a release date, and it remains to be seen if it will be affected by this delay. Meanwhile, fans can look forward to seeing him in a few other new projects.

This includes a Highlander reboot, Matthew Vaughn’s new spy franchise Argylle, and Steve Falk’s The Rosie Project which is based on Graeme Simsion’s book of the same name. He will also be reprising his role as Sherlock Holmes opposite Millie Bobby Brown in the highly anticipated Enola Holmes sequel. Netflix is also developing The Witcher: Blood Origin, a six-part prequel series set 1200 years before Henry Cavill’s Geralt walked the lands of the Northern Kingdoms.