Henry Cavill is no longer set to play the main role in The Witcher. In the latest announcement, the actor opened up about his departure after three seasons of the Netflix series.
Henry Cavill’s Surprising Decision
Henry Cavill is no longer a part of The Witcher cast on Netflix. The actor confirmed the news on Instagram, posting a picture with the logo of the show. “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,” he wrote in the caption. In the same post, Cavill noted that Liam Hemsworth will be the one to take over the iconic role of the long-haired blond hero of many. “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,” he continued in the post.
Hemsworth, who’s mostly known for his appearance in The Hunger Games, also made a post on his personal Instagram page to showcase his love for the show and thank everyone for such an amazing opportunity. “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,” the Australian actor wrote. Yet, The Witcher which debuted on Netflix in 2019 seems to hang by a thread after fans have caught on the news…
The Witcher’s Future Reception Is Unknown
The change seems to be bittersweet. While Cavill and Hemsworth have been more on the sweet side of things, many fans turned to the bitter when expressing their opinion. “The ONLY reason i tolerated this was the fellow gamer Henry and now he’s gone i can finally rest my brain and self from this absolute non sensical, ridiculous, totally on other direction from the book or game, show. Total waste of time now that Henry’s gone :'(,” one wrote. “Henry Cavill wanted to stay true to the source material and the showrunners don’t. This is the most accurate reason of why…” another said. The news has been so drastic that a petition was born, hoping to keep the original actor in the show. As of now, it has over 200,000 signatures and counting.
It’s not that odd to see those comments, though. From the start, Cavill has been a huge part of the whole series. Before the premiere of The Witcher, he insinuated that he was keeping the role to himself after becoming a true video game fan. “I’m a gamer,” he said at San Diego Comic-Con in 2019. “I was very very passionate about the games. I thought, ‘I really hope they make this into a TV show or movie.’” When the show was in development, he was active in the script-making process, going to the extent of annoying his agents.
Now, the actor is focusing on his other fan-favorite role – Clark Kent. “A very small taste of what’s to come, my friends. The dawn of hope renewed,” he wrote under a post portraying him as a Superman.