Henry Cavill, who starred in all three seasons of Netflix’s The Witcher, has decided to put the blades down and move on. On Friday, the actor announced via Instagram that he would be leaving the role, writing: “My journey as Geralt of Rivia has been filled with both monsters and adventure and I will sadly be leaving my medallion and swords behind for season 4.”
He later revealed that Liam Hemsworth will “take up the mantle” of the heroic blonde. As with the best literary characters, “I pass on the mantle with reverence for the time spent incarnating Geralt and enthusiasm to see Liam’s perspective on this most intriguing and multi-faceted man,” Cavill wrote.
Hemsworth, who played Gale in The Hunger Games, expressed his excitement at the chance to play Geralt of Rivia in an Instagram post on Saturday. “Henry Cavill was a fantastic Geralt, and I am honored that he has entrusted me with the reins and allowed me to take up the White Wolf’s blades for the next chapter of his adventure,” he wrote.
The 2019 Netflix fantasy series The Witcher is adapted by Lauren Schmidt from the books by Andrzej Sapkowski. It was well received by critics and audiences alike, leading to the production of a second season which premiered late last year. Next summer will bring Season 3.
At the 2019 San Diego Comic-Con, just before the show premiered, Cavill talked about how he lobbied for the role after enjoying a video game based on the book series. When asked about his interests, he replied, “I’m a gamer,” according to Vulture. Gaming was a huge part of my life and I was quite enthusiastic about it.
I immediately thought, “I hope they turn this into a TV show or a movie.” Even before the script for the project was finalized, Cavill took the initiative to be considered for the lead role. At Comic-Con, Cavill added, “It was something I wasn’t going to let go without giving it my best shot.”
I was disappointed with my representatives. They reported that they were “not prepared”. Cavill, on the other hand, is likely looking to add another storied piece to his resume. Recent reports suggest that he may reprise his role as Clark Kent/Superman in the upcoming DC films. (Warner Bros. Discovery, which also owns CNN, also owns HBO Max.)
Following Henry Cavill’s mid-credits appearance in this month’s popular Black Adam, there has been speculation of a crossover between Superman and Dwayne Johnson’s Black Adam, as well as a standalone sequel to 2013’s Man of Steel.
Just days before posting about “The Witcher,” Cavill posted a photo of himself as Superman and a video explaining his decision to return to the role on Instagram. To give you a small glimpse of what’s to come, my friends. “A new day has dawned,” he wrote.