Streaming service Netflix even before the release of season 3 of the popular series The Witcher announced that it would continue for season 4, but without Geralt of Rivia star Henry Cavill. Liam Hemsworth, best known for his role as Gale Hawthorne in the Hunger Games movie series, was cast as the witcher. Both actors announced the changes on their social media pages.

Henry Cavill to leave Netflix's The Witcher after season 3, Liam Hemsworth cast as Geralt

“My journey as Geralt of Rivia has been filled with both monsters and adventures, and alas, I will be laying down my medallion and my swords for Season 4,” writes Cavill. “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. Liam, good sir, this character has such a wonderful depth to him. Enjoy diving in and seeing what you can find.”

“As a Witcher fan, I’m over the moon about the opportunity to play Geralt of Rivia. Henry Cavill has been an incredible Geralt, and I’m honoured that he’s handing me the reins and allowing me to take up the White Wolf’s blades for the next chapter of his adventure,” in turn replied Liam Hemsworth. “Henry, I’ve been a fan of yours for years and was inspired by what you brought to this beloved character. I may have some big boots to fill, but I’m truly excited to be stepping into the Witcher world.”

Cavill has not yet revealed the reason why he had to turn down the role. However, last week the actor officially confirmed rumors that he is returning to the role of Superman. It seems that this will happen sooner than expected, and studio Warner Bros. already has more concrete plans for a Man of Steel 2 movie, though it was previously reported to be in the very early stages of development.

The streaming service Netflix has not yet announced the release date of The Witcher”season 3. At the latest Tudum fan event the company said that the show will return in the summer of 2023. However, on December 25, the prequel series The Witcher: Blood Origin, which should expand the universe of The Witcher, will be released.