Although the completion of The Witcher’s third season brings us great joy, the news that Henry Cavill will no longer be a part of the show has left us in shock. The actor, who portrayed Geralt of Rivia, a monster hunter with supernatural abilities (also known as the Witcher), has quite literally been the series’ driving force over the years.
Regrettably, the conclusion of Season 3 also signals Cavill’s exit from the role of the silver-haired monster hunter, Geralt of Rivia. The actor’s departure from the fantasy series and the replacement for his beloved character were both announced in October 2022. The Enola Holmes actor also provided some information about his replacement on The Witcher.
Well, it’s none other than Liam Hemsworth, who is best known for his work in the Hunger Games film series and for being Chris Hemsworth’s brother (Thor in the Marvel Cinematic Universe).
Will Liam Hemsworth Make a Worthy Witcher After Henry Cavill’s Exit?
It was revealed last year that Liam Hemsworth would take Henry Cavilll’s place as the series lead in the fourth season of The Witcher.
Cavill has departed despite never having made his reasons known. Whatever the reason, the actor is no longer playing Geralt of Rivia, which is unfortunate, and Liam Hemsworth will now have the unenviable task of filling in through Season 4 and beyond.
Thus, we now have Chris Hemsworth’s brother, who, in Cavill’s words:
“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.”
Meanwhile, The Witcher executive producer, Tomasz Bagiński tried to allay the concerns of fans about this significant recasting in a recent interview. He claimed that the changeover from Cavill to Hemsworth will be “flawless”, as he added:
“We have a very, very good plan to introduce our new Geralt and our new vision for Geralt with Liam. Not going deeply into those ideas because this will be a huge spoiler, [but] it’s also very, very close to the meta ideas which are deeply embedded in the books, especially in book five.”
Simultaneously, Marc Jobst, the director, expressed the following candid views about Cavill leaving The Witcher with Screen Rant:
“That’s draining on your number one, so after three series, I feel, ‘Okay, he’s brought the show into being, and if he feels like he’s done what he can, I trust him.’ That focus that he has, that desire to get it right, is a gift to work with, because it elevates everybody to say, ‘Good enough isn’t good enough. It’s got to be fantastic.’ We all want to work like that, we all don’t wanna make something that’s good, we want to make something incredible.”
Liam Hemsworth appears to have a good chance to fill after Cavill’s exit. Meanwhile, his elder actor-brother, Chris Hemsworth is also reportedly gearing up for the potential Thor 5.
Thor 5? Chris Hemsworth Is Open to Making a Comeback
Chris Hemsworth is best known for playing the legendary Marvel superhero, Thor, in films like Thor: The Dark World, Thor: Ragnarok, Thor: Love and Thunder, and The Avengers series. Even though he has tried his hand at portraying a wide range of characters, audiences, particularly MCU fans, are eagerly anticipating his return as Thor.
Taika Waititi, who is well-known for his work on the Thor movies, recently made a hint about Hemsworth’s potential return in the upcoming Thor 5 film.
The director discussed Thor’s MCU journey with ScreenRant. To quote him:
“What is left to do to him? It’s got to be something that feels like it’s carrying on with the evolution of the character, but still in a very fun way.”
Waititi also imagined tougher obstacles for Thor to overcome, including “outlandish and crazy beasts, monsters, and aliens,” further adding:
“I don’t think we can have a villain that’s weaker than Hela. I feel like we need to step up from there and add a villain that’s somehow more formidable.”
The director also said that he believes “the mythology that he originates from” is what makes Thor more true to himself than any other MCU character.
The Witcher’s three seasons are currently available on Netflix and The Thor film series is streaming on Disney Plus.