Netflix Announced Henry Cavill’s Exit and Recasts Geralt of Rivia with Liam Hemsworth for The Witcher Season 4

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Netflix announced Henry Cavill’s exit from the popular streaming show yesterday and said that Liam Hemsworth will take over the role in Season 4. Henry Cavill has portrayed The White Wolf since the show debuted on December 20, 2019. Since then, the show and like many other productions experienced numerous delays brought about by the pandemic. Seasons two and three saw their own share of challenges with members of the cast testing positive for COVID-19, including Mr. Cavill this past July, as well as the recasting of other characters during production. The announcement came via Netflix’s TUDUM website where it shared quotes from both actors who posted about the recasting on their respective social media accounts. Mr. Cavill began by expressing his appreciation for Liam and that he’ll “pass the torch with reverence”.

“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. 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.”

Mr. Hemsworth responded similarly on with excitement about getting the role and reciprocated appreciation to Henry Cavill for his time on the show. He added that he’s been a fan for years and that “I may have big boots to fill,” and is truly excited to be stepping into The Witcher world.

“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.”

The Witcher Season 3

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Even though Netflix announced Henry Cavill’s exit he’ll still be around for the upcoming third season of the show. Season three’s exact streaming date has not been revealed yet but it is planned for 2023. Co-stars Anya Chalotra (Yennefer of Vengerberg) and Freya Allan (Princess Cirilla of Cintra aka Ciri) will both be returning for Season 3. Anya Chalotra said that her character and Geralt will share a lot more screen time together this season and that the two have a lot to learn from each other.

Meanwhile, the prequel series, The Witcher: Blood Origin, is set to begin streaming on December 25. This show is set roughly 1,200 years before the time of Geralt and stars Michelle Yeoh as Scian, a mystical swordmaster.

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