Netflix has announced that Henry Cavill will not be returning to reprise his role as Geralt of Rivia in the fourth season of The Witcher, Cavill will be replaced by Liam Hemsworth from season four. A reason for Cavill’s departure was not revealed. Cavill is currently working on the third season of The Witcher which is due out in the Summer of 2023.

Whilst no reason for Cavill’s departure was provided it could be due to his return as Superman in the DCEU. The more likely situation is that he didn’t believe in the path the production crew were taking. Last week Beau DeMayo, former producer for Netflix’s The Witcher series, claimed that members of the production weren’t fans of Andrzej Sapkowski’s source material and that they even went as far as to mock the books and games.

Cavill previously stated that he was committed to the seven-season plan for The Witcher so long as the team continued to tell great stories whilst honouring Sapkowski’s work. Lauren Hissrich, showrunner for The Witcher TV series, said she would often spend time with the writers of the show discussing how they could tackle racism and xenophobia. Cavill has also spoken about how he found it hard to bring the Geralt he knew from the books to fit the showrunner’s vision.

Here’s what Cavill had to say:

Some news to share from The Continent…

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.

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