Netflix’s wildly successful adaptation of The Witcher will return for a fourth season, but without Henry Cavill as iconic protagonist Geralt of Rivia. The role will instead be assumed by Australian actor Liam Hemsworth, who’s probably best known for his performances in The Hunger Games films, where he starred as Gale Hawthorne alongside Jennifer Lawrence’s Katniss Everdeen.
“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,” said Cavill 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.”
Hemsworth added: “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.”
It’s worth noting that Season 3 will not air until 2023, so there’s still plenty of Cavill’s take on the character to enjoy for now. In other news, a spin-off episode named The Witcher: Blood Origin will air on 25th December, which will serve as a kind of prequel to the main plot, depicting the story of the first ever Witcher.