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“People hated Cavill when he was first cast”: The Witcher Fans Show Rare Support to Liam Hemsworth, Claim Henry Cavill Faced Online Hate When He Was Chosen as Geralt

The Witcher

The saga of change and rebirth continues in Hollywood. In its most recent metamorphosis, Liam Hemsworth has been tasked with transitioning over as Geralt of Rivia in Netflix’s acclaimed fantasy series, The Witcher, in its fourth run on the streaming platform. While the fans have been crying foul since the news broke, Henry Cavill’s exit seems imminent corresponding to his transition to DCU as the franchise’s chosen Superman.

The Witcher
The Witcher

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Liam Hemsworth Becomes Geralt of Rivia in The Witcher

Liam Hemsworth has now been officially declared as the new Geralt of Rivia, and although magic and metamorphosis are very much aspects of Andrzej Sapkowski’s world, a Doctor Who-inspired reincarnation is not. The characteristic traits and idiosyncracies which the audience has grown accustomed to and familiar with in the 2-season run of The Witcher with Cavill in the driver’s seat will be hard to forget after the incredible run he’s had since 2019. Henry Cavill brought Geralt alive from his very first scene at the lake and the transition was complete by the time he walked away from the Blaviken fight.

Henry Cavill as Geralt, the White Wolf in The Witcher
Henry Cavill as Geralt, the White Wolf in The Witcher

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While the change might be too unsavory for some, the news about Henry Cavill’s Geralt replacement drops fast and hard at our doorsteps with no opportunity for debate or negotiation. The process has obviously been at play for the past several months and given the goodwill, lack of rumors or insider leaks, and the silent sealing of deals being currently revealed, the recasting can only be assumed to have gone over favorably. Hemsworth has released a statement sharing his excitement about the news, stating:

“As a Witcher fan, I’m over the moon about the opportunity to play Geralt of Rivia… I may have some big boots to fill, but I’m truly excited to be stepping into The Witcher world.”

Liam Hemsworth does have big shoes to fill in the aftermath of Cavill’s exit, and not only does he have to be better than his predecessor but overshadow the latter’s rendition if Netflix wishes to take the franchise forward on to a fifth season run.

Liam Hemsworth
Liam Hemsworth

Also read: “The role’s not for you”: Henry Cavill Reveals He Was Never the First Choice to Play Geralt of Rivia in The Witcher

Fans Show Support For Liam Hemsworth’s Casting

In the aftermath of the declaration of Liam Hemsworth replacing Henry Cavill as the new Geralt of Rivia, the world has been disturbingly fast in shifting its opinion over the outrageous recasting. Although, the more inclusive role of Cavill now transitioning over to the DCU might have something to do with pacifying the masses. As such, fans have been more moderate in their reception of Liam Hemsworth as their new Geralt actor given the original one will now have to be more inherently involved with the world-building of his comic-book cinematic universe.

It is definitely going to be a hard transition for the fans of The Witcher to bear, but given there are still immense portions of the narrative to traverse and bring to a satisfying conclusion, a recasting makes more sense than death and reboot (like the current Bond situation). Time will have to tell if Liam Hemsworth can do justice to the role.

The Witcher Seasons 1 and 2 are currently available for streaming on Netflix.

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Written by Diya Majumdar

It's 2023 and Diya Majumdar's social life is defined by a 365-day binge-marathon of films and television shows. Having graduated with honors in literature from Miranda House, she now has more than 1000 published articles on Fandomwire, and her passion and profession both include dissecting the world of cinema. She happens to be a liberally opinionated person with an overbearing love for Monet, Edvard Munch, and Van Gogh, and hardly anything fascinates her more than painting exact replicas of all their troubled works – in oil, of course.