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Netflix ‘Optimistic’ Liam Hemsworth Replacing Henry Cavill Won’t Affect The Witcher Legacy: ‘There’s been a legacy of iconic characters who had their actors changed’

Netflix 'Optimistic' Liam Hemsworth Replacing Henry Cavill Won't Affect The Witcher Legacy: 'There's been a legacy of iconic characters who had their actors changed'

The show must go on, right? Well, as you’re all aware that’s exactly what’s happening for The Witcher as the team moves ahead into the story without Henry Cavill. The actor announced in October 2022 that he would be bidding his goodbye to the show. On top of that, he also passed the torch to Liam Hemsworth.

Henry Cavill in The Witcher
Henry Cavill in The Witcher

Needless to say, Henry Cavill’s exit and Liam Hemsworth’s entry were not at all appreciated by the fans. They believe that the former was perfect for the role of Geralt of Rivia and the latter simply wouldn’t be able to fill the big shoes. Instead of recasting the character, some believed that it should’ve ended in season 3 with Henry Cavill. Now, Netflix’s head has something to say about the recast as he appears rather optimistic.

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Henry Cavill’s Departure Won’t Affect The Witcher?

Peter Friedlander
Peter Friedlander

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There’s definitely no way Henry Cavill’s exit from The Witcher won’t affect the show’s fanbase. He will be seen as Geralt of Rivia for the last time in season three. However, Netflix’s head of U.S. and Canada scripted series opened up about recasting Geralt to Variety. Appearing fairly optimistic about the move, Peter Friedlander stated that while the show will continue to honor the fans and storyline, replacing Cavill with Liam Hemsworth is definitely a good idea. He stated that there’s a huge legacy of iconic characters where the actors were changed.

“There has been a legacy of amazing, iconic characters where the actors have changed and we’re hugely optimistic about this. We will continue to honor the IP, the fans, the storytelling, all the way through.”

Friedlander also stated that while Cavill made an “extraordianary” Geralt, Hemsworth, too, will be equally extraordinary. Although, we are not sure if fans think the same way. The White Wolf bears the face of Cavill for now. Seeing Hemsworth step into the role will be a bit difficult for the die-hard fans of Cavill. However, is it really fair to Hemsworth if we don’t even give him a chance?

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Fans Aren’t Happy with the Recast

Liam Hemsworth
Liam Hemsworth

RadioTimes had an exclusive poll on Twitter where they asked if fans thought Hemsworth is a good replacement. Out of the 132 votes cast, 67% of the audience voted “no.” While 132 isn’t that big of a number, it’s safe to say that this opinion is shared by a majority of the fans. Many took to Twitter to express their opinions which stated that either Geralt shouldn’t have been recast or there should’ve been a better choice.

While Friedlander appears to be a hundred percent sure about the choice to give the role to Hemsworth, it won’t be an easy task. Keeping the fact that fans are skeptical about the actor aside, Cavill’s portrayal was just off the charts. His obsession with the source material might be what drove him to play the White Wolf with such perfection. Hemsworth needs to give it all he got if he wants to turn the fans’ opinion around. The actor will take over the role from season four.

The Witcher season three will be released in the summer of 2023.

Source: Variety

Written by Mishkaat Khan

Mishkaat is a medical student who found solace in content writing. Having worked in the industry for about three years, she has written about everything from medicine to literature and is now happy to enlight you about the world of entertainment. When not writing, she can be found obsessing over supernatural beings through books and TV.