Henry Cavill’s rise to stardom started with his portrayal of Superman and became a worldwide phenomenon through his portrayal of Geralt of Rivia in Netflix’s The Witcher series. But the departure of the actor from both his iconic roles has left the fans in dismay.
Apart from his exit from the show before the release of its third season, the actor was initially onboard with the Showrunner’s idea of 7 seasons for The Witcher. The actor stated that he would love to continue his role in the show under one condition.
Henry Cavill initially agreed to do full 7 seasons for The Witcher
The Season 3 of the popular Netflix series The Witcher will mark the end of Henry Cavill’s reign as the Geralt of Rivia and the mantle will be passed to the Hunger Games actor Liam Hemsworth. But according to his interview with The Hollywood Reporter, the actor was initially inclined towards the idea of staying as the protagonist for the whole Seven seasons.
Even before the release of the first season, the showrunner Lauren Hissrich already had a seven-season plan for the story. Although the plans seemed a little too ambitious for the time, the Man of Steel actor was on board with her plans over one condition. Being a big fan of Andrzej Sapkowski’s Novels and the adapted games, Henry Cavill wanted the writers to keep the story in line with the source material and keep on honoring Sapkowski’s work. He further stated,
“I’m a huge fan of the books and staying loyal to them, and it’s about making sure that story happens without too much in the way of diversions or side things going on to muddy the waters.”
Even though the actor was dedicated to the role, the creative differences between the actor and the writers led him to axe himself from the iconic show. However, Netflix seems to be on board with Lauren Hissrich’s vision, as the show has been renewed for the fourth season without Henry Cavill.
Henry Cavill departed from The Witcher over creative differences
Even though the actor was determined to play the Geralt of Rivia for the upcoming seasons, following the first season was in line with the novels and the games. The actor eventually was worn out from the unfaithfulness of the writers towards the source material.
Although many reasons have been floating over the internet over Cavill’s exit from the show, the prime reason seems to be the series not being faithful to the novels. The actor who initially agreed to play the role because of his love for the source material wasn’t relished by the idea of too many diversions from the novels. And the disrespect towards Sapkowski’s work from the writers was the last Straw for him.
Even though the actor is out from The Witcher series, Henry Cavill is set for another live-action adaptation of the popular game Warhammer 40000. The actor is set to play the main protagonist and will be the executive producer of the show and is currently exploring the possibilities for the direction of the miniature war game.
The Witcher season 3 will premiere on Netflix in the summer of 2023.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter