Fan Showdown: Henry Cavill vs Ian Somerhalder- Deciding the Ideal Rhys

Published 12/06/2023, 1:22 AM EST

The television world has been strutting on the reserves of preserving timeless classics in a live-action adaptation series. The fantasy flavor of televising content caused a massive uproar in the audience with The Witcher and Game of Thrones. Similarly, A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas is also steadily reviving in an episodic spectrum on Hulu. However, since the cast signing is up for grabs, fans are all ready to contest their favorite pick for Rhys between Henry Cavill and Ian Somerhalder.

Given that the series is still in the early stage of development, the battleground for predictions is all out in the open surging the theories of fan casts on Reddit. Hence, about three months ago, a Reddit user posed the pivotal inquiry, Henry Cavill or Ian Somerhalder as Rhys?”. The thread became one of the most viral and trafficked sections, weighing the actors’ caliber with backing justifications.

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The live-action adaptation of A Court of Thorns and Roses has been confirmed and Ron Moore is supposed to co-adapt the series. However, its release window remains classified. Especially since the casting decorums are still under wraps, Brec Bassinger has made her pitch for a role in the upcoming series. While the role and confirmation are still lacking affirmation, fans have their picks ready for the protagonist, Rhysand. And what better way to compare than fan-casting? 

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Having waged a debate concerning the most prominent figures of the fantasy realm genre, that is Henry Cavill and Ian Somerhalder, the fans have pulled off no less than a jury on record. As fans made their bids for their favorite, the envisioning of the upcoming series bore some clarity.

Fans battle between Henry Cavill and Ian Somerhalder for Rhysand’s role

Despite Henry Cavill’s snub from The Witcher, his edge in the fantasy realm remains dominant, as the same is for Ian Somerhalder. But for fans, the pickup was quite a dilemma. A Reddit user commented, Henry Cavill as everyone.”. But the most likely scale weighed heavier on the actors’ being “aged out of this role.”. Another user pointed out how “Henry Cavill is almost too good-guy looking”. Soon enough it met another contestation that they are “supposed to look otherworldly good looking.”.

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Many users agreed with Somerhalder’s stance, remembering “His portrayal of Damon is so similar to Rhys,”. However, the mixed reactions stayed true to one factor- they both have come of age to portray the powerful High Lord. Other users confronted the issue at hand with a refusal to both. One wrote, “Ian Somerhalder is too cringe in my opinion since Vampire Diaries and Henry Cavill isn’t dark enough”. As a result, the scales could not decide on the one-of-a-kind actor for this portrayal, but maybe the casting directors will. 

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Who do you think would be a better fit for Rhys, Henry Cavill, or Ian Somerhalder? Let us know in the comments below!

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Anushka Bhattacharya

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I'm Anushka Bhattacharya, an entertainment journalist at Netflix Junkie. Armed with a degree in literature, I once wielded my words to catalyze change within society through my work with NGOs. However, as I stumbled into the exuberant hole of crime thrillers and documentaries on Netflix, it was love at first sight and pushed me into entertainment journalism.

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