Liam Hemsworth Replacing Henry Cavill in The Witcher Season 4 Makes No Sense to Me!
In news that shook the entire live-action The Witcher fandom, it has been confirmed that Henry Cavill will be passing on the role of Geralt of Rivia to Liam Hemsworth for the show’s fourth season.
Whether you enjoy watching The Witcher or not, Henry Cavill was praised for his portrayal of Geralt of Rivia by a majority of fans. It was regarded by many as a career-defining role for him, similar to his role as Superman in the DECU. So, the fact he’s being replaced after only three seasons came as a legit surprise.
The reason for Cavill’s departure hasn’t been shared and I highly doubt it ever will. However, if we talk about speculations and rumors, certain people feel that he decided to leave The Witcher because he will be focusing more on his role as Superman and getting more work on the big screen.
Cavill’s last major theatrical release was Mission: Impossible Fallout back in 2018. Other than that, he had a cameo in the recent Black Adam movie as Superman. So, I can understand him wanting to do cinematic work instead of streaming content. He enthusiastically posted on social media, a couple of days ago, about officially being back as Supes. So, I take it Superman-centric stuff is being worked on behind the scenes?
Another reason that has been floating around is Cavill, a known gamer, not being happy with the writing on The Witcher. I think we can all agree that The Witcher Season 2 was not it.
I don’t know. Making such a move still feels like a bit of a risk to me. Even though James Gunn was recently announced as the co-lead for DC Studios, things over at Warner Bros. still seem unstable. Let’s see if things work out for Cavill in the long run as far as playing Superman is concerned.
Whether the reasons may be, the fact remains that Cavill has indeed left the role and Liam Hemsworth will be taking his place during the fourth season.
Frankly, I have no idea why Netflix would make such a decision. Due to the show and Cavill’s popularity, you would think that they would replace Cavill with another big-name actor. I mean, with all due respect, Liam Hemsworth is not at the same level even though Hollywood has been trying to make him a star ever since the Hunger Games franchise. Did the current casting change have anything to do with Chris Hemsworth also working for Netflix? Hmmm.
Also, if Netflix was unable to lock big-name talent, why not go for a Cavill look-alike instead? Casting Liam Hemsworth as Geralt of Rivia really makes no sense to me when freaking David Corenswet (who has also worked with Netflix) exists. Sigh!
With The Witcher Season 3 currently speculated to come out sometime in the summer of 2023, let’s see how the fandom reacts to the upcoming season knowing that it will be the last time they will get to enjoy Cavill as Geralt.
As for Hemsworth, well, he definitely has an uphill battle to fight against the fandom. Good luck to him, I guess. Also, I’m interested in seeing where he stands on onscreen nudity because seeing Cavill’s Geralt refuse to show a lot of skin on The Witcher, while basically everyone else on the series did, was weird.
Are you disappointed to see Cavill leave?
Let us know.
Update: Film critic Grace Randolph (the host of ‘Beyond the Trailer‘), whom I listen to when it comes to Hollywood tea, shared the tweets below. They go with what certain people have been speculating about Cavill wanting to focus more on acting in non-streaming movies.
Farid has a Double Masters in Psychology and Biotechnology as well as an M.Phil in Molecular Genetics. He is the author of numerous books including Missing in Somerville, and The Game Master of Somerville. He gives us insight into comics, books, TV shows, anime/manga, video games, and movies.
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