While everyone is currently talking about Lord of the Rings: Rings of Power and Game of Thrones: House of the Dragon, the most popular fantasy series of the last few years has been (at least in our filter bubble) The Witcher. The film adaptation of the game series was able to score above all with its main actor. Henry Cavill, previously best known for his role as Superman, embodied Geralt of Rivia in such an impressive way that it is difficult to imagine any other actor in the role of the witcher.
Unfortunately, that is exactly what will happen now. As Henry Cavill and Netflix announced in parallel, Superman’s journey as The Witcher ends after season three. This will appear next summer 2023 and thus represent the conclusion of Henry Cavill. A fourth season is still planned. And again, Geralt von Rivia will be the main character, but then played by another Hollywood great.
Liam Hemsworth takes over as Geralt of Rivia
From the fourth season of The Witcher, Thor’s big brother takes over the role of Geralt. As a fan of the series, he’s excited to be a part of the series and praises predecessor Cavill at the same time in the highest tones.
As a Witcher fan, I’m over the moon to have the opportunity to play Geralt of Rivia. Henry Cavill was an incredible Geralt and I am honored that he is putting the reins in my hands and allowing me to take up the blades of the White Wolf for the next chapter of his adventure. Henry, I’ve been a fan of yours for years and was inspired by what you made of this beloved character. I may have big shoes to fill, but I’m really excited to step into the world of The Witcher.
Exactly why Henry Cavill is leaving the series can only be speculated at the moment. Some media report that the production conditions are too demanding, others that the shooting in Europe could be a reason. Neither Cavill nor Netflix have commented on this so far.
However, has Henry Cavill formally dismissed and wishes his successor all the best.
My journey as Geralt of Rivia has been filled with monsters and adventures, and sadly I will be laying down my medallion and swords for Season 4. In my place, the fantastic Mr. Liam Hemsworth will assume the mantle of the White Wolf. As is usual with the greatest of literary figures, I pass the torch with awe at the time I’ve spent impersonating Geralt and with enthusiasm for Liam’s portrayal of this most intriguing and nuanced of men. Liam good sir there is such wonderful depth to this character, have fun diving in and see what you can find.
For many viewers, Geralt of Rivia is now inseparably linked to Henry Cavill and they are rather skeptical about this step. Now, unfortunately, there’s nothing to be done about it, and we can only hope that Liam will surprise Hemsworth and everyone in a positive way and continue to give the character as much charisma as his predecessor did.