Cavill is stepping away from “The Witcher” after three seasons as the series’ leading man.
On Friday, the actor announced that he would be stepping down from the role, writing, “My journey as Geralt of Rivia has been filled with both monsters and adventures, but I will need to lay down my medallion and my swords for Season 4.”.
In addition, he revealed that actor Liam Hemsworth would take over the role of the blonde-haired hero.
“As with the greatest of literary characters, I pass the torch with respect for the time I spent embodying Geralt and excitement to see Liam’s interpretation of this fascinating and nuanced character.” Cavill wrote.
According to Hemsworth’s Instagram account, he was “over the moon about the opportunity to play Geralt of Rivia” as a fan of the show.
“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,” he said.
Netflix’s “The Witcher” is based on the fantasy book series written by Andrzej Sapkowski and created by Lauren Schmidt. The series has already spawned a second season that was released last year to favorable reviews. The third season is scheduled for release in the summer of next year.
Cavill mentioned his interest in the role after playing a popular video game that is based on the literary series at San Diego Comic-Con in 2019, ahead of the show’s premiere.
“I am a gamer,” he stated at the time, according to Vulture. “I was very very passionate about the games. I thought, “I hope they make this into a television show or movie.”
Before a script had been finalized, Cavill was proactive about being considered for the lead role in the show.
At Comic Con, Cavill said, “I was determined not to let this opportunity pass me by without giving it my best shot.”. “I annoyed my agents constantly.” Their response was, “They are not ready.””
As for Cavill, he is clearly focused on reprising another iconic role that he has played in the past.
He has recently been confirmed to once again portray Clark Kent/the Man of Steel in upcoming DC films. (CNN and HBO Max are both owned by Warner Bros. Discovery.)
After Cavill’s mid-credits cameo in this month’s successful “Black Adam,” a crossover movie featuring Superman and Dwayne Johnson’s Black Adam may be on the cards, as well as a standalone follow-up to 2013’s “Man of Steel.”
Earlier this week, Cavill shared a video and picture of himself as Superman on Instagram along with his post about “The Witcher.”
“This is just a small taste of what is to come, dear friends. He wrote, “The dawn of hope is renewed.”