The Warhammer 40K series by Henry Cavill and Amazon is official: they have just signed a very ambitious agreement

Warhammer will come to television... and to the cinema.

The Warhammer 40K series by Henry Cavill and Amazon is official: they have just signed a very ambitious agreement
Chema Carvajal Sarabia

Chema Carvajal Sarabia

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It was something we all took for granted. When Henry Cavill announced that he would leave his project as Geralt of Rivia in The Witcher series, owned by Netflix, many of us wondered what would be next for the Hollywood’s hottest actor.

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The answer didn’t take long to come out: a project related to Warhammer 40K. It is well known that Henry Cavill has a preference for this tabletop game with miniatures, specifically for its futuristic branch called Warhammer 40,000.

And while we all assumed that the project was already underway, it wasn’t until yesterday that the starting gun was fired. Now Games Workshop and Amazon have a signed agreement that will bring Henry Cavill to star in and produce this series for Prime Video.

Amazon acquires an IP that can be an all or nothing

Games Workshop, the company responsible for Warhammer 40,000, the popular tabletop game with miniature figures, announced last night that it had reached an agreement with Amazon Studios to bring the game to television and film.

Actor Henry Cavill, known for his roles in the “Superman” franchise and as the lead in Netflix’s fantasy series “The Witcher”, will appear in the series and serve as its executive producer.

The two companies had signed an agreement last year to create television programs and movies based on the Warhammer franchise, and now they will move forward bringing the game’s universe to life.

“All we can tell you right now is that a group of elite screenwriters is being assembled, each with their particular passion for Warhammer,” Games Workshop said in a statement on their website.

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Warhammer 40,000 was released in 1987 and since then, it has captivated players who fight for “supremacy in the dark darkness of a distant future”.

Over the years, the game has developed a significant fan base and a detailed tradition, becoming Games Workshop’s most popular product. Hundreds of novels have expanded the Warhammer universe and mythology.

However, much of the passion for the game comes before the battle begins. Games Workshop does not sell ready-to-play Warhammer 40,000 models. Instead, players buy pieces to build and paint the details themselves to give them a personal touch.

Henry Cavill, the perfect actor for the project

The English actor himself is a fan of the game. In 2021, the actor, known for building his own personal computers, spoke about his love for Warhammer on “The Graham Norton Show”.

“You have to paint them,” said Cavill. “There’s the hobby side of painting-modeling, and then there’s the hobby side of playing.”

The game found a new legion of fans during the pandemic, including other actors and musicians willing to fight alongside Cavill in the fictional dystopia.

Chema Carvajal Sarabia

Chema Carvajal Sarabia

Journalist specialized in technology, entertainment and video games. Writing about what I'm passionate about (gadgets, games and movies) allows me to stay sane and wake up with a smile on my face when the alarm clock goes off. PS: this is not true 100% of the time.

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