Liam Hemsworth will replace Henry Cavill as Geralt in The Witcher

The Witcher season 2. Image courtesy Jay Maidment, Netflix
The Witcher season 2. Image courtesy Jay Maidment, Netflix /

The Witcher has run for two seasons on Netflix, with another on the way. There’s also been an animated movie and a spinoff series, Blood Origin, on the way. Netflix is going all in on this fantasy world created by author Andrzej Sapkowski and popularized outside Poland by CD Projekt Red and its series of Witcher video games.

Henry Cavill, who’s known to be a big fan of The Witcher, has played lead character Geralt of Rivia for the first two seasons and will return for the third. But after that, there’s a big change coming: it was announced today that Cavill is leave the role starting with the fourth season. Liam Hemsworth will replace him.

“My journey as Geralt of Rivia has been filled with both monsters and adventures, and alas, I will be laying down my medallion and my swords for Season 4,” Cavill said in a statement. “In my stead, the fantastic Mr Liam Hemsworth will be taking up the mantle of the White Wolf. As with the greatest of literary characters, I pass the torch with reverence for the time spent embodying Geralt and enthusiasm to see Liam’s take on this most fascinating and nuanced of men. Liam, good sir, this character has such a wonderful depth to him, enjoy diving in and seeing what you can find.”

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Hemsworth, who’s best known for playing Gale Hawthorne in the Hunger Games movies, released a statement of his own:

"As a Witcher fan I’m over the moon about the opportunity to play Geralt of Rivia. Henry Cavill has been an incredible Geralt, and I’m honoured that he’s handing me the reins and allowing me to take up the White Wolf’s blades for the next chapter of his adventure. Henry, I’ve been a fan of yours for years and was inspired by what you brought to this beloved character. I may have some big boots to fill, but I’m truly excited to be stepping into The Witcher world."

This news comes soon after it was announced that Cavill would be returning to the big screen to play Superman, so I wonder if he’s clearing his schedule for that…or maybe he just realized that The Witcher show is kinda lame and wanted out.

Whatever the reason, we don’t yet know when The Witcher will return for season 3, although it should be sometime in 2023. The Witcher prequel series Blood Origin will be out this December 25.

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