It has been announced that Henry Cavill will not return to The Witcher despite recently being fired from the Superman franchise.
The British actor had previously stepped down from his role as Geralt of Rivia in the hit Netflix series in October, announcing soon afterwards that he would reprise his leading role in the Superman franchise.
Cavill previously played the superhero in 2013’s Man Of Steel and was expected to be on the bill for new projects with Warner Bros.’ DC Universe. However, since James Gunn and Peter Safran took over the newly renamed DC Studios, the actor has been axed from his role in favour of a “younger version” of Superman.
“After being told by the studio to announce my return back in October, prior to their hire, this news isn’t the easiest, but that’s life,” Cavill wrote in a statement on social media.
“The changing of the guard is something that happens. I respect that. James and Peter have a universe to build. I wish them and all involved with the new universe the best of luck and the happiest of fortunes.”
Entertainment Weekly has now confirmed that despite Cavill’s renewed availability, he will not be returning to The Witcher. He has now been replaced by Liam Hemsworth.
“My journey as Geralt of Rivia has been filled with both monsters and adventures,” Cavill said at the time. “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.”
Watch some of the highlights from Henry Cavill’s time working as The Witcher, as well as the trailer for his standout performance as Superman in the 2013 film Man of Steel below.