UPDATE 4PM GMT: Netflix has also confirmed a number of the other actors joining The Witcher cast, including the actress who'll play iconic sorceress Triss Merigold. Taking the role is Anna Shaffer, according to the Hollywood Reporter, who you may remember as Romilda Vane from Harry Potter - the girl who gave Harry a love potion. Shaffer also played Ruby Button in British soap opera Hollyoaks.

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Anna Shaffer will play iconic sorceress Triss Merigold.

Other actors joining the cast include: Eamon Farren (The ABC Murders, Twin Peaks) as Cahir, Joey Batey (Knightfall, Strike) as Jaskier, Lars Mikkelsen (House of Cards, Sherlock) as Stregobor, Royce Pierreson (Wanderlust, Judy) as Istredd, Maciej Musiał (1983) as Sir Lazlo, Wilson Radjou-Pujalte (Jamillah & Aladdin, Dickensian).

ORIGINAL STORY 3PM GMT: Netflix has given the world its first look at Superman actor Henry Cavill made up for his new role as mutant monster hunter Geralt, in the upcoming The Witcher television series.

He doesn't have a beard.

Yes, Cavill's exposed bum chin is causing consternation among some Witcher fans who've become accustomed to Geralt's grizzled, bearded appearance in video game The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. One fan likened Cavill's appearance to Harry Potter baddie Lucius Malfoy; another went a step further and compared him to Orlando Bloom's Legolas - ouch! Yet, as other fans pointed out, Geralt doesn't always wear a beard. He's often without one in The Witcher books, which are, after all, the source material.

The Witcher Netflix series is expected to air 2020 and run across eight episodes. Alongside Cavill's Geralt there will, notably, be Anya Chalotra as Yennefer, and Freya Allen as Ciri. The show is helmed by Lauren S. Hissrich.

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