Will Henry Cavill be in The Witcher season 3 as Geralt? Here’s everything you need to know about if Cavill will be back as the Witcher, and the circumstances behind his exit.
The Witcher season 3 release date is almost here, and the first full trailer for the Netflix series has landed. It sees Henry Cavill‘s Geralt slicing throats and fighting monsters, as him and Yennefer battle to keep Ciri hidden.
But hold on; wasn’t Henry Cavill leaving The Witcher? Is the Superman actor now back? Here’s everything you need to know on when Henry Cavill will leave The Witcher.
Will Henry Cavill return to The Witcher?
Henry Cavill will return as Geralt of Rivia for The Witcher season 3, in both volume 1 and 2. However, from then onwards the actor will be replaced by Hunger Games star Liam Hemsworth who will take on the mantle of the White Wolf.
Cavill’s departure from the show was announced before season 3, so lots of audiences did not expect Cavill to be returning for the upcoming season. However, by the point of the announcement season 3 had already wrapped filming, so Cavill’s return for season 3 was always locked in. Just no more.
It’s widely rumored that Henry Cavill left The Witcher not just to star in superhero movies again as Superman (which didn’t end up happening) but because he was struggling with creative differences with the showrunners. The suggestion is that as a huge fan of The Witcher source material itself, Cavill was unhappy with the direction his character was being taken in.
It’s important to note that this hasn’t been confirmed, but Lauren Schmidt Hissrich who leads the series behind the scenes said “We’ll obviously never get into exactly why Henry left, all of the reasons, but I can say it’s been a mutually respectful relationship.” That indicates that his decision to leave was down to more than just scheduling.
Finally, Henry Cavill is a very busy man, and despite leaving his two biggest roles in quick succession, the actor already has new projects in the works. It has been confirmed that Amazon is creating a Henry Cavill Warhammer 40K series, and that will keep Cavill busy for a very, very long time, leaving no space for his return to The Continent.
For more on The Witcher, check out our guide to The Witcher cast and learn about the first Witcher. You can also check out our interview with Joey Batey in which we spoke about Cavill’s exit and his thoughts on it.