“The Witcher” has been renewed for a fourth season by Netflix, but will take place without leading star Henry Cavill, who will exit the production after the upcoming third season debuts.  Liam Hemsworth set to take over the lead role of Geralt of Rivia.  Netflix announced the renewal and casting news on Saturday afternoon, with both Hemsworth and Cavill releasing statements on social media.

Cavill has starred as the monster hunter Geralt on “The Witcher” since the Netflix series debuted in Dec. 2019. The show’s upcoming third season, set to be released Summer 2023, will be the actor’s last with the series.  Cavill wrote on Instagram:  “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.”

Hemswoth’s statement read“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. 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.”

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