5 Witcher-y Things We Expect from Liam Hemsworth Since He's Now Geralt of Rivia
Liam Hemsworth has officially taken over Henry Cavill’s part of Geralt of Rivia in The Witcher. Here’s what we expect from the new actor to fill his predecessor’s shoes.
5. The Witcher Must Be a Grim Menace
Henry Cavill ’s portrayal of Geralt was more than phenomenal battles and magic-wielding. The core of his Witcher was the moody vibes that always surrounded him. Cavill’s brooding Geralt of Rivia was largely thanks to his inner doubts and the sense of responsibility that came from the high-stakes games he was forced to play.
Cavill’s special “Witcher voice” largely added to the image with its deep and low timbre. Liam Hemsworth will need to both change his charming Australian accent into something similarly dark and low and develop a true understanding of Geralt’s inner demons if he wants to capture the Witcher’s nature as per Henry Cavill.
4. The Witcher Must Get Dirty at Times
There’s nothing really flashy about being a Witcher: sure, these guys are superhumans with abilities way beyond mere mortals, but the nature of their work leaves no room for looking stylish. Most of Henry Cavill’s wins as Geralt of Rivia left him looking a complete mess: dirty, bloody, sweaty, and covered in guts and whatnot.
It’s common knowledge that Cavill’s dedication to the proper portrayal of the White Wolf saw him deliberately rolling in dirt and gore before filming. We expect nothing less from Liam Hemsworth, too. To become a true Witcher, the new lead star will need to get to the nastiest business not just in CGI but in real life, as well.
3. The Witcher Must Be Unmatched in Battle
Even the most blatant critics of the Netflix show and Henry Cavill’s portrayal of the iconic Witcher couldn’t argue one thing: Cavill was amazing with the blade. The fighting sequences were extreme and well-choreographed, and the actor himself showed unmatched skills in wielding his weapons and chopping enemies’ heads.
2. The Witcher Must Have Encyclopedic Knowledge
Once again, Geralt of Rivia — much like his fellow Witcher — is a complex being. A monster hunter his level is way more than a talented warrior with a knack for casting fire spells; while fighting skills are essential to Witchers, the set-up to each battle is where they truly shine. Geralt knows all the monster types and their weaknesses.
Henry Cavill added to that from his own knowledge of The Witcher’s world, and his White Wolf was a brilliant investigator and scholar. Before tackling a foe, he made sure to learn all about it and prepare in advance, and Liam Hemsworth’s Geralt must follow the same path — the path of knowledge. And speaking of that…
1. The Witcher Actor Must Know and Love The Witcher
Henry Cavill’s love for the franchise he became part of is yesterday’s news. The actor had been obsessed with The Witcher way before Netflix decided to make the show, and he was excited to portray the iconic monster hunter. Cavill’s deep knowledge and care for the universe helped him make his Geralt truly believable.
While the actor’s personal emotional involvement with The Witcher series also caused his conflict with the showrunner, we believe that Cavill’s exit could teach the show’s creators a lesson on respecting source material. And for that, there needs to be another lead star with the same attitude to his franchise and work. We sincerely hope Liam Hemsworth spends time studying the franchise and becoming a fan.