Ahead of the release of the third season of the epic drama series, The Witcher, which has also been renewed for the fourth season, Netflix announced that Henry Cavill is going to pass his baton to Liam Hemsworth as Geralt of Rivia. Cavill, who is also going to be reprising his role of Superman following a cameo appearance in Black Adam, took to Instagram to reveal the fate of Geralt of Rivia, the bane of supernatural beasts, after essaying the character for the first three seasons of the show.
Netflix announced that the monster hunter will be played by The Hunger Games star Liam Hemsworth starting fourth season. Meanwhile, the third season is all set to premiere in summer 2023, so stay tuned!
Toss a coin to our growing Witcher universe! We can officially announce The Witcher Season 3, along with a second anime feature film, and a new Kids and Family series set in the world of The Witcher. pic.twitter.com/E032fDAXYx— The Witcher (@witchernetflix) September 25, 2021
“I’m over the moon about the opportunity to play Geralt of Rivia,” Hemsworth wrote in a post concerning the Netflix series renewal.
While weighing in on his bitter-sweet departure from the series, 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.”
The reel-life Superman then shared in an Instagram post that his journey as Geralt of Rivia has been filled with both monsters and adventures, and (alas) he will be laying down his medallion and swords for season four.
According to sources, the Enola Homes star had signed a short-term deal for The Witcher and felt it was time to move on after working three seasons on the show.
Liam Hemsworth poured his heart out on social media, and wrote, “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,” he added.
Set in the backdrop of a fictional, medieval-inspired piece of land known as ‘the Continent’, The Witcher explores the legend of Geralt of Rivia and Princess Ciri, who are destined to have their paths crossed and connected. Actors Anya Chalotra and Freya Allan also star in the series.
To add more depth to this already-intricate universe, a four-part prequel series, The Witcher: Blood Origin will premier on December 25, 2022.