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‘Willow’ to Cast Magic Once Again in New Disney+ Series

Warwick Davis to reprise his role as Willow Ufgood, along with three new female leads, as Lucasfilm will continue, not reboot, the story from Ron Howard’s 1988 dark fantasy.

It’s a mad, mad, mad, Madmartigan world. We didn’t ask for it, and we’re not sure we need it, but Ron Howard is bringing back Willow, this time as a Disney+ series produced by Lucasfilm.  The show will not be a reboot, however, but a follow-up to the 1988 dark fantasy film. Most importantly, Warwick Davis will reprise his role as titular Willow Ufgood, the Nelwyn dwarf and sometime sorcerer.

In the original film, Willow, a farmer and aspiring sorcerer, teams with swordsman Madmartigan to save a baby princess from an evil queen. Now, years later, the new series will revolve around three female leads, who may be attempting to save a prince. Variety has reported the three leads will be Erin Kellyman (Solo: A Star Wars Story) as Jade, Cailee Spaeny (The Craft: Legacy, Devs) as Kit, and Ellie Bamber (Nocturnal Animals, Les Miserables) as Dove. Any further details of the plot are unconfirmed and are being kept firmly under wraps. The real question is, will Val Kilmer return as Madmartigan? We want a reunion!

Jon Chu (Crazy Rich Asians) is set to direct the pilot written by Jonathan Kasdan (Solo). Howard, the original film director, will also remain involved as executive producer along with original writer Bob Doman. Kasdan will serve as showrunner alongside Wendy Mericle. The series will film in Wales, as did the original film. This will be Lucasfilm’s first foray away from Star Wars since 2015.

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