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Fan Art Brings Liam Hemsworth To Life As The Witcher's Geralt Amid Mourning Of Henry Cavill's Departure

When "The Witcher" premiered on Netflix in late 2019, fans of the novels and video games from which the series were based were treated to faithful storytelling and accurate visual representation of the source material. The series tells the tale of Geralt of Rivia (Henry Cavill), the title character, and his joining of forces with Princess Ciri (Freya Allen) and elf enchantress Yennefer of Vengerberg as they battle mythical beasts and evil magicians on "the Continent." Although some fans felt Season 1's writing was the worst detail of the series, the show has received generally good reviews for its CGI work, acting, and a second season that improved upon some of the negatives in the debut outing (per Time).

Season 3 of "The Witcher" has been filmed, but with the news that Cavill is being recast with Liam Hemsworth as Geralt, many fans are both displeased and apprehensive about the show's future. The English actor embodied the role with a commanding presence, humor, and charisma that he has become known for. So it is only natural for viewers to feel disappointment once the actor they are familiar with exits a program. But with some fan art already bringing Hemsworth to life as Geralt, the future looks promising once the mourning period for Henry Cavill's departure lifts.

Fan art depicting Liam Hemsworth in character as Geralt is winning praise

For Liam Hemsworth, becoming the new Witcher has left the actor "truly honored" to take over the role from Henry Cavill. Despite his excitement, fan discourse is mixed with much of the dismay stemming from Cavill's leaving the part so many have become familiar with through him. Redditor u/Starlight_26 commented on the show's subreddit page, "Well, at this point, after seeing Henry, who can say anyone else will ever be right for this role?" Another fan, u/Saphcia, reaffirmed this sentiment by replying, "Honestly, at this moment there's no actor on this planet, that is right for Geralt. (Except Cavill)."

But reactions to Hemsworth's casting have not all been negative or disappointing, with some eye-popping fan art starting to emerge that depicts the "Hunger Games" actor in character as Geralt. Digital artist royy_ledger shared a promotional photo on his Instagram page that recreates similar images of Henry Cavill as Geralt with Hemsworth's likeness inserted in the frame. Smith 5766 replied to the art by posting seven fire emojis, with praneet364official commenting with two fire emojis followed by "amazing brother." If this artwork is anything to go by, the Australian actor has the look of the role down pat.

Liam Hemsworth praises Henry Cavill as he takes over the role of Geralt

Like his Geralt of Rivia predecessor Henry Cavill, Liam Hemsworth is no stranger to action/adventure movie franchises. The Australian actor starred as Gale Hawthorne in "The Hunger Games" franchise, in addition to lead roles in "Independence Day: Resurgence" and "The Duel." Hemsworth stated in an Instagram post. "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 [honored] 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," The actor finished his message by saying, "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. @henrycavill @witchernetflix."

As viewers prepare to say goodbye to Cavill in Season 3 of "The Witcher," keeping an open mind to what Hemsworth can bring to the role, who, after all, received the seal of approval from the "Superman" star himself. On Instagram, Cavill shared, "In my stead, the fantastic Mr. Liam Hemsworth will be taking up the mantle of the White Wolf." He finished his statement by sharing his excitement for what his successor will do with the part.