Actor Liam Hemsworth recently reacted to his casting as Geralt in The Witcher season 4. The fantasy-adventure show has been one of the biggest hits for the streaming giant Netflix. Based on a series of books of the same name by Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski, and partially inspired by the video game franchise, The Witcher centers on the adventures of the impassive monster-hunting anti-hero Geralt of Rivia (Henry Cavill). Enhanced by potions that imbue him with supernatural powers and an extended life, Geralt finds himself caught up in a political power struggle among various kingdoms and in charge of young Princess Ciri (Freya Allan) who holds an incredible power within her.
Although fans were initially wary regarding Cavill’s casting as Geralt, following the release of season 1, he has received much acclaim for his captivating performance. However, Cavill is leaving The Witcher following season 3 and will not be reprising the role in season 4. In a recent announcement by the actor, The Hunger Games star, Liam Hemsworth, was revealed as Cavill’s replacement as Geralt.
On the heels of the shocking The Witcher season 4 casting news, Hemsworth took to social media to share his thoughts about the change. The actor expressed his excitement taking over the role from Cavill and thanked him for the legacy he has created. Check out Hemsworth’s Instagram post above.
How Will The Witcher Season 3 Set Up Hemsworth’s Recasting
Fans are understandably upset with the news that Cavill is leaving the popular show. Since the actor is recommitting to his role as Superman in the DCEU, he will unlikely have much time to fit in an entire season of The Witcher in his schedule. With the news of the Man of Steel sequel being relatively recent, and The Witcher season 3 firmly in post-production, there will probably be no in-universe explanation for the major actor change.
Although the casting change will be jarring to longtime fans of The Witcher, similar to Don Cheadle replacing Terrence Howard in Iron Man 2 or Katie Holmes being replaced by Maggie Gyllenhaal in The Dark Knight, audiences will hopefully accept the new actor over time. Hemsworth has proven himself in action-heavy roles such as The Expendables 2 and Independence Day: Resurgence, showing that he is more than capable in big-budget and physically-demanding productions. The Witcher season 4 is also unlikely to release until the summer of 2024 at the earliest, leaving plenty of time to enjoy Cavill’s final season when it lands on Netflix mid-2023.
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