Stars: Warwick Davis, Erin Kellyman, Rosabell Laurenti Sellers
Disney’s Star Wars celebration kicked off today in Anaheim and the studio is up and running. Lucasfilm gave fans their best look yet at “Willow,” an upcoming Disney+ series based on the 1988 film of the same name. The first trailer reveals a return to the lush fantasy world that George Lucas and Ron Howard created in the original film, albeit with slightly more modern special effects.
The movie “Willow” was originally conceived by George Lucas, who brought in Bob Dolman to write the script and hired Ron Howard to direct. Expectations were skyrocketing when the film was released in 1988, with many hoping it would do to fantasy what “Star Wars” did to science fiction. While it never reached those heights, the film has been building a cult following over the years.
When Disney acquired Lucasfilm in 2012, rumors of some sort of “Willow” sequel in the works immediately began to surface. It eventually came to fruition in late 2020, when Disney announced that a sequel series would stream on Disney+.
“Willow” was created by Jonathan Kasdan, who serves as co-showrunner alongside Wendy Mericle. Ron Howard is on board as an executive producer, as is Jon M. Chu, who also directed the first episode. Warwick Davis reprises her role as Willow Ufgood in the series, which is set years after the first film. She will be joined by Erin Kellyman, Rosabell Laurenti Sellers, Tony Revolori, Ellie Bamber, Dempsey Bryk, Ruby Cruz, Amar Chadha-Patel and Talisa Garcia.
Disney’s official synopsis describes the show as “an epic period fantasy series with a modern sensibility set in an enchanted land of breathtaking beauty, ‘Willow’ features a diverse international cast with Jonathan Kasdan, Ron Howard, Wendy Mericle, Kathleen Kennedy and Michelle Rejwan, serving as executive producers.The story begins with an aspiring wizard from a Nelwyn village and a little girl destined to unite the kingdoms, who together help destroy an evil queen and banish the forces of darkness.Now , in a magical world where goblins, sorcerers, trolls and other mystical creatures flourish, the adventure continues, as an unlikely group of heroes embark on a dangerous quest to places far beyond their home, where they must face their inner demons and come together. to save his world.”