Why did Henry Cavill leave The Witcher? | The SunOctober 30, 2022
RUMORS first swirled that Henry Cavill was leaving The Witcher behind in 2020.
The 39-year-old stuck around for a whole three seasons of the hit Netflix show before officially announcing his departure on October 29, 2022.
Why did Henry Cavill leave The Witcher?
In late 2020, it was widely reported that Henry Cavill would be departing the Netflix series and that the news would push the second season back, yet again, to late 2022.
Nonetheless, fans of The Witcher were relieved to spot the star in the season 2 trailer.
Following the speculation, Netflix confirmed on September 25, 2021, that the series would, in fact, return for a third season.
Cavill will star in season 3 of The Witcher, which is set to premiere sometime in Summer 2023.
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However, on October 29, 2022 – amid wrapping up filming for the upcoming season – Cavill took to Instagram to announce his official departure from the show.
"Some news to share from The Continent…" he captioned the post.
"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.
"In my stead, the fantastic Mr Liam Hemsworth 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.
"Liam, good sir, this character has such a wonderful depth to him, enjoy diving in and seeing what you can find."
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Who will replace Henry Cavill?
Season 4 of The Witcher will see Liam Hemsworth officially step in as the titular monster-hunter.
The 32-year-old used his own social media post to respond to the news.
"As a Witcher fan I’m over the moon about the opportunity to play Geralt of Rivia," he wrote.
"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."
He ended the post by expressing how much of a fan he is of Cavill and that he expects to have "some big boots to fill" with the new role.
When did Henry Cavill injure himself on The Witcher?
Cavill suffered a nasty leg injury on set at the end of 2020 that left him struggling to walk.
Reportedly, he was injured while completing an assault course that saw him take on swinging axes.
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The accident saw filming put on hold yet again as Cavill was advised by doctors to rest and recover.
Thankfully it looks like things got back on track and Cavill has been working on a number of projects including Enola Holmes 2, featuring Millie Bobby Brown, and Argylle, featuring Dua Lipa.
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