The Witcher star Liam Hemsworth reenacts Geralt's iconic battle scene with sorcerer Vilgefortz of Roggeveen on a Devon beach as producers aim to make Henry Cavill's surprise departure as seamless as possible

There were shades of deja-vu about the Devon coastline on Wednesday as Liam Hemsworth filmed scenes for the fourth season of Netflix show The Witcher.

Hemsworth has the unenviable task of filling popular leading man Henry Cavill's leather riding boots after the musclebound actor confirmed his departure, a decision that is understood to be prompted by creative differences.

But while Cavill's unexpected recasting has been met with scepticism from fans, the show's producers have pulled out all of the stops to ensure Hemsworth's introduction as Geralt of Rivia is as seamless as possible.

And Wednesday's shooting schedule suggested their latest attempt to paper over the cracks included revisiting Cavill's legendary season three fight scenes with feared sorcerer Vilgefortz of Roggeveen.

Geralt was badly wounded by Vilgefortz in a beachfront battle during the assault on Stygga, a scene that appeared to be recreated for a potential season four flashback scene.

There were shades of deja-vu about the Devon coastline on Wednesday as Liam Hemsworth filmed scenes for the fourth season of Netflix show The Witcher

There were shades of deja-vu about the Devon coastline on Wednesday as Liam Hemsworth filmed scenes for the fourth season of Netflix show The Witcher

Hemsworth's scenes appeared to be a recreation of Henry Cavill's beachfront battle with Vilgefortz of Roggeveen in season three

Hemsworth's scenes appeared to be a recreation of Henry Cavill's beachfront battle with Vilgefortz of Roggeveen in season three

Wednesday's shooting schedule suggested they were revisiting Cavill's legendary fight scenes with the feared sorcerer, played by Mahesh Jadu (pictured with Hemsworth)

Wednesday's shooting schedule suggested they were revisiting Cavill's legendary fight scenes with the feared sorcerer, played by Mahesh Jadu (pictured with Hemsworth)

Cavill and co-star Mahesh Jadu do battle in a scene from the epic season three battle

Cavill and co-star Mahesh Jadu do battle in a scene from the epic season three battle

Indeed, Hemsworth was joined by Vilgefortz actor Mahesh Jadu for a combat scene on a closed off portion of Devon coastline, while his stunt double Joel Adrien waited to be called into action.

It is thought that the scenes could either be a flashback to the moment from earlier in the series or that the new season could open picking up exactly where the last one left off.

Hemsworth was later spotted relaxing on the set of The Witcher in Devon on Wednesday.

The Hollywood star stood with his arms folded and had laid down his prop sword behind him.

He looked somewhat pensive in-between takes in what marked the first time he has been pictured in character.

Hemsworth - who was also in full makeup and wearing a long grey wig - had just been filmed flying through the air and crashing on the sand as part of a duel.

At one point, The Last Song star was seen chatting to a member of the crew and was later scene preparing for battle scenes on the beach,

The actor and his stunt double were seen at various points each getting to grips with a prop sword before flying into scene at full pelt.

Jadu was set as he fought Hemsworth, who has replaced the outgoing Cavill as Geralt of Rivia

Jadu was set as he fought Hemsworth, who has replaced the outgoing Cavill as Geralt of Rivia

Hemsworth was seen practicing his swordplay during a break on the Devon set
The Australian actor is expected to pick up where Cavill left off

Hemsworth was seen practicing his swordplay during a break on the Devon set

Hemsworth was later spotted relaxing on the set of The Witcher in Devon on Wednesday in what have been the first pictures of him in his new leading role on the Netflix series

Hemsworth was later spotted relaxing on the set of The Witcher in Devon on Wednesday in what have been the first pictures of him in his new leading role on the Netflix series

The actor - who was also in full makeup and wearing a long grey wig - was joined on set by his stunt double Joel Adrian

The actor - who was also in full makeup and wearing a long grey wig - was joined on set by his stunt double Joel Adrian

Just weeks ago, The Witcher's X account posted a video of a table read featuring Liam _ who has bulked up considerably for the role -  and his castmates along with the major announcements as they revealed the fifth season will be the last.

It read: 'The Witcher to end with season five as production on Netflix series begins on season four.'

In the short clip Liam was joined by castmembers Anya Chalotra as the sorceress Yennefer of Vengerberg, Freya Allan as Geralt’s ward Ciri and Joey Batey as Jaskier the bard, Cassie Clare as the witch Philippa Eilhart, Mahesh Jadu as the mage Vilgefortz of Roggeveen.

Liam previously said he was 'over the moon about the opportunity to' play the TV show's monster-hunter protagonist.

The former husband of Miley Cyrus took some time out to relax between shots after taking over the role in the acclaimed Netflix drama

The former husband of Miley Cyrus took some time out to relax between shots after taking over the role in the acclaimed Netflix drama

At one point, The Last Song star was seen chatting to a member of the crew and was later scene preparing for battle scenes on the beach, The

At one point, The Last Song star was seen chatting to a member of the crew and was later scene preparing for battle scenes on the beach, The

The Hollywood star was seen preparing with his stunt double as the pair appeared to be co-ordinating certain moves for a heavy-action scene
It is thought that the new season of the show could be re-creating a moment from earlier in the series or picking up the new batch of episodes where the last one left off

The Hollywood star was seen preparing with his stunt double as the pair appeared to be co-ordinating certain moves for a heavy-action scene

Replacing the lead: In a new Instagram post, the Australian heartthrob, 32, revealed he was 'over the moon about the opportunity to' play the TV show's monster-hunter protagonist

Replacing the lead: In a new Instagram post, the Australian heartthrob, 32, revealed he was 'over the moon about the opportunity to' play the TV show's monster-hunter protagonist

The Witcher will end with season five as the fourth season has begun production on season four of the Netflix series with Liam Hemsworth replacing Henry Cavill (pictured)

The Witcher will end with season five as the fourth season has begun production on season four of the Netflix series with Liam Hemsworth replacing Henry Cavill (pictured)

The Witcher's X account posted a video of a table read featuring Hemsworth and his castmates along with the major announcements

The Witcher's X account posted a video of a table read featuring Hemsworth and his castmates along with the major announcements

It read: 'The Witcher to end with season five as production on Netflix series begins on season four'

It read: 'The Witcher to end with season five as production on Netflix series begins on season four'

'I'm honoured 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 Hunger Games actor added.

Meanwhile, Henry explained he was passing the torch to Hemsworth, who will 'be taking up the mantle of the White Wolf.'

He said: '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,' Cavill concluded. 'Liam, good sir, this character has such a wonderful depth to him, enjoy diving in and seeing what you can find.'

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