As we all know by now, Henry Cavill is a huge geek. A huge geek reloads his massive biceps like a rifle, but he’s a geek nonetheless. His latest role put him in the shoes of Geralt of Rivia, the legendary monster slayer in The Witcher Season 2 on Netflix. Over the past two years, as Cavill has been endlessly interviewed about his work and home life, he’s made it clear that he loves fantasy worlds, both in video games and in tabletop form.
So we thought we’d rounded up every franchise that Henry Cavill said he’d like to be a part of, if only to satisfy our curiosity of what Cavill might look like in a Warhammer or Mass Effect Turian dwarf costume.
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Not surprisingly, Henry Cavill also loves science fiction games. In early December 2021, Cavill told GamesRadar that he “loves to have a conversation” about Possible Mass Effect Series Coming from Amazon.
Pretty much, yes, it all depends on how you do it,” Cavill said when asked about his interest in the series. “The world of adaptation can be heavy or light. When I like a product, I prefer the adaptation to be less variable than the source, so it all depends.”
Of course, Cavell’s obvious role might be Mass Effect’s Commander Shepherd, but he might also be more than suitable for Turian’s killer/drinking buddy/best Garrus Vakarian boy.
The good news is that Cavill may have already brought up something to do with Mass Effect, sharing a photo on Instagram later selected to display text from the Mass Effect wiki page.
Red Dead Redemption
The Cowboys wouldn’t be too far from Cavill either. Talking to GameReactorCavill has stated that he believes Red Dead Redemption will result in a strong adaptation.
“Well, that’s tough, because you’re tying an IP and a company together, which is tough, so I definitely don’t want to put myself in any corner with that, but there are a lot of games out there… I’ve already started playing Red Dead Redemption 2 – I know I’m a little late to that party – but I’m starting to play it and really enjoying it. So, something like that I think it would be fun to turn into a movie.”
We know for sure that a naturally mature-faced Cavill can pull a grizzly-tired look out of the world thanks to his work as Geralt, so a grizzly cowboy seems possible.
Of all of Henry Cavill’s obsessive interests, Warhammer 40,000 may be his most fervent. The table-maneuvers franchise has taken up many hobby stores (when Friday Night Magic isn’t busy taking the tables) thanks to an iconic crew of space marines, Chaos daemon, or screaming orcs.
Cavill previously declared his love for Games Workshop, the company behind Warhammer and countless licensed video games and books, as well as Warhammer: Age of Sigmar. He even paints Warhammer miniatures (including the helmeted Adeptus Custodes faction), having returned to the hobby during the 2020 lockdown after some time away from it.
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While promoting the second season of The Witcher, Cavill told IGN, “There are a lot of characters from the Warhammer universe that I want to be. But I can only be one, because once I’m one, I can’t be others so if that ever happens to me.” If there is any live action, I should be aware of that.
“[Warhammer] It’s obviously rich in characters, especially the 40K universe,” he continued. “I suppose I could play a different character from the Warhammer Fantasy universe against 40K universes, but now I’m only dreaming. I have to talk to the guys at Games Workshop and see what happens.”
When he suggested he might make a good character for Gregor Eisenhorn, a character from Dan Abnett’s popular series of Warhammer 40,000 novels that serves as the detective for the Imperium of Man, Cavell’s interest seemed cautiously excited.
“That would be exciting, yes,” said he, “but then I burn the Primarks, and the captain of the generals, so I don’t really know.”
Other characters that Cavell could theoretically play include Horus Lupercal, the traitorous Prime Minister whose campaign against the Emperor of Mankind led to the current state of the 40K universe. He could also play any number of space marines, or similarly by Dan Abnett writer Imbram Gaunt from “Gaunt’s Ghosts,” the popular novel series that follows the Astra Militarum, who works to liberate human settlements from chaos.
Working to his advantage, Cavill has already been turned into an Easter egg in Total War: Warhammer 3, which includes a malicious allusion to his portrayal of Geralt of Rivia in The Witcher.
In your opinion, what should Henry Cavill play? Any cultural perks for a geek actor deserves a chance that we missed? Let us know in the comments, and check out Our review of The Witcher season 2.
Joseph Knope is a writer/producer/player for IGN’s Tau Empire. He misses Sly Marbo.