THE WITCHER Producer Likens Geralt Of Rivia Role To James Bond Following Henry Cavill Recasting

Following the news that Henry Cavill is leaving The Witcher, one of the show's producers has commented on replacing him with Liam Hemsworth, while theories are circulating about why he's walked away...

Over the weekend, Netflix announced that Henry Cavill will leave The Witcher, and the role of Geralt of Rivia, after the show's upcoming third season. The news has been met with a generally negative response online, and the news that The Hunger Games star Liam Hemsworth will take over the role has done little to calm irate fans down. 

Both actors released statements praising each other (with Cavill giving Hemsworth his blessing), but we now have comments from one of The Witcher's executive producers. Taking to Facebook shortly after the news broke (via SFFGazette.com), Tomasz "Tomek" Bagiński compared playing Geralt to James Bond. 

"I realize yesterday's announcement shocked at least as much as Elon's takeover of Twitter, but the world survived not such surprises," he said of the casting change. "The Witcher can make it. The third season is very strong. There are only a few years until the fourth."

"Bond and Batman discover something new and interesting with each change of appearance. We have the time. Geralt is in the same league."

Needless to say, there's been a lot of speculation online about what might have led to Cavill deciding to walk away from The Witcher. However, the truth may have been hiding in plain sight this entire time. 

As you can see below, the Superman actor has previously said that he was committed to the show's seven-season plan. A self-confessed lover of Andrzej Sapkowski's novels and the games based on them, Cavill has also pointed out he wants to stay loyal to the source material. Unfortunately, it's become apparent The Witcher's creative team doesn't feel the same way. 

We've had newly created villains, massive story changes, and even comments from a writer on the show who has said his fellow scribes actively disliked the books and games

As a result, while it's easy to blame Cavill's departure on him recently being enlisted to play the Man of Steel again, it seems likely he had significant issues with how The Witcher has progressed. 
 

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