Cavill will not return to the Netflix fantasy series for season 4. Fans of Geralt of Rivia’s iconic blond wig and yellow contact lenses will have to adjust to a new face. Henry Cavill, who has played Geralt since the show’s inception in 2019, will leave after season 3, Netflix announced over the weekend.
It’s not the first time a major character in a TV show or film franchise has been recast. In the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Don Cheadle took over for Terrence Howard as James Rhodes. On Bewitched, Dick Sargent took over for Dick York as Darin, Samantha’s mortal husband, in the 1960s. That’s not even mentioning James Bond or how recasting is built into the premise of Doctor Who.
Nonetheless, this is big news for many The Witcher fans. Everything you need to know about Henry Cavill’s departure from The Witcher.
What is The Witcher?
The Witcher is a Netflix fantasy series. The first season premiered in 2019, with a second season following in 2021. It is based on a series of novels written by Polish writer Andrzej Sapkowski in the 1990s about Geralt of Rivia, a monster hunter known as a Witcher.
Other characters include Yennefer, Geralt’s on-again, off-again love interest; Jaskier, a mildly annoying bard who is largely responsible for spreading Geralt’s reputation through song; and Ciri, a young girl whose fate is linked to Geralt through a custom known as the Law of Surprise.
Why is Henry Cavill Exiting From the Witcher?
There isn’t much drama there. On Saturday, Cavill announced on Facebook that it was time for him to move on. “My journey as Geralt of Rivia has been filled with both monsters and adventures,” he said. Netflix also made the announcement in a post on its Tudum website.
Who Will Take Henry Cavill’s Place?
Geralt isn’t going anywhere. Instead, Liam Hemsworth will play the part. You might recognize Hemsworth from the Hunger Games films as Gale Hawthrone. His brother, Chris Hemsworth, is best known as Thor in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. “As a Witcher fan, I’m over the moon about the opportunity to play Geralt of Rivia,” Liam Hemsworth said in a statement.
What is Henry Cavill’s Next Project?
On October 24, the British actor announced via Instagram that he’d be reprising his role as Superman after a brief cameo in another DC Comics character’s film.
“A very small taste of what’s to come, my friends,” he captioned a photo of himself as Superman and a video of himself discussing his return.
Cavill made his debut as Superman in 2013’s Man of Steel. In an interview with ScreenRant, he stated that his goal for the character was for the audience to leave the theatre “feel[ing] like they can fly,” possibly implying a less grim interpretation of the character.
The Witcher Season 3 Release Date
Season 3 of The Witcher will be released in the summer of 2023. Cavill will continue to play Geralt that season.
What Do Witcher Fans Think About This?
Many fans have taken to Cavill grunting and swearing his way through his role as Geralt over the years. Not everyone is pleased with the news that he is leaving the show, and some have taken to social media to express their disappointment.