Netflix has renewed the blockbuster fantasy series “The Witcher” for a fourth season, although the show will be without one regular cast member. After the next third season premieres, Henry Cavill will leave the show, and Liam Hemsworth will take over as Geralt of Rivia.
On Saturday afternoon, the streaming service made the renewal and casting announcements, and both Hemsworth and Cavill issued remarks about the development. Taking the tenor of both remarks into account, it seems that the choice was made with mutual respect.
The last season of The Witcher will be Cavill’s last as Geralt of Rivia. “My trip as Geralt of Rivia has been filled with both monsters and adventures,” he stated in an Instagram post. My replacement as White Wolf is the magnificent Mr. Liam Hemsworth. With the same respect I have for the greatest literary characters, I now hand the torch to Liam to play Geralt, and I eagerly await his interpretation of this complex and intriguing individual. You’re going to love exploring this character’s depths, Liam, excellent sir.
“As a huge Witcher fan, I couldn’t be more excited to play Geralt of Rivia. Hemsworth said in a statement, “Henry Cavill has been a great Geralt, and I am honored that he is entrusting me to pick up the White Wolf’s blades for the next chapter of his odyssey.” “Henry, I’ve admired your work for years, and you’ve given me ideas on how to improve my own interpretation of this classic figure. I realize that I have large shoes to fill by joining The Witcher universe, but I couldn’t be happier about it.
Since the series premiere in December of 2019, Cavill has portrayed Geralt, the monster hunter, on “The Witcher,” a Netflix original series. The actor will leave the program after the forthcoming third season, which is expected to premiere in the summer of 2023.
Over the years, “The Witcher” has become one of Netflix’s most prominent series. On Christmas Day, fans may watch the launch of “The Witcher: Blood Origin,” a four-part prequel series starring Michelle Yeoh. The fact that the streamer is willing to recast the lead character in the franchise’s flagship series following Cavill’s departure shows just how committed they are to the product.
Hemsworth’s breakthrough came when he was cast as Gale Hawthorne in “The Hunger Games,” starring alongside Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson. The second season of “Most Dangerous Game,” in which he co-stars alongside Christoph Waltz, will premiere on the Roku Channel in August 2021. He also has a role in the next Russell Crowe thriller “Poker Face.”
The Hollywood business still values Cavill highly. The sequel, “Enola Holmes 2,” will premiere on Netflix next week, with the actor starring opposite Millie Bobby Brown. He has also signed on to work with filmmaker Guy Ritchie again on “The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare.” Even though no writers or filmmakers are presently linked to the project, Cavill has stated that he will be reprising his role as Superman in a future Warner Bros. film.
This is the first major announcement about Henry Cavill’s return to the role of Superman since 2017, when the film “Justice League” served as the actor’s last major outing as the DC Comics hero. On the other hand, Cavill did make a brief appearance in the recently released “Black Adam,” in a scene that hints to a showdown between Superman and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s antihero. Cavill was allowed time off from filming Season 3 of “The Witcher” to shoot his role in “Black Adam.” Now he is leaving the show permanently.