Even with the Netflix show The Witcher being dogged by accusations of a writers room that mocked the source material, and a lead star returning to his most famous role elsewhere, this was unexpected.
The Hunger Games star Liam Hemsworth will replace Henry Cavill in the role of Geralt of Rivia for the fourth season of Netflix’s The Witcher adaption, with the news coming just days after Cavill was announced as returning to the DCEU (now DCU). Last week writer Beau DeMayo commented on the writers room for The Witcher during a recent Instagram Q&A session:
“You have to respect the work before you’re allowed to add to its legacy, some of the writers were not [fans] or actively disliked the books and games, even actively mocking the source material.) It’s a recipe for disaster and bad morale.”
The series had only just been renewed for a fourth season with the the third season in the bag, but not set to air until next summer. It is rumored Cavill had been increasingly unhappy with the direction the show was taking, being a big fan of the source material and having actively championed the show during development.
Cavill released a statement:
“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.”
Hemsworth himself also released a statement:
“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.”
A four-part prequel series to be called The Witcher: Blood Origin will be released on Christmas Day. That stars Michelle Yeoh.