Disney is moving forward with its Willow sequel series, and star Warwick Davis and original director Ron Howard are set to return. Disney press release confirms earlier rumors of a Disney-exclusive Willow series More featuring Davis reprising the titular role. Howard will produce the series alongside John M. Chu (Crazy Rich Asians). Chu is also directing the pilot episode. Jonathan Kasdan (Solo: A Star Wars Story) and Wendy Mericle (Arrow) will produce the series and serve as showrunners.“Growing up in the ’80s,’ Willow ‘had a profound effect on me,’ Chu said in the Disney press release. “The story of the bravest heroes in the least likely places allowed me, an Asian-American kid growing up in a Chinese restaurant looking to go to Hollywood, to believe in the power of our own will, our determination and of course inner magic. So the fact that I can work with my heroes from Kathleen Kennedy to Ron Howard is bigger than a dream come true. It’s an unforgettable moment for me. Jon Kasdan and Wendy Mericle have added groundbreaking new characters and delicious surprises to this timeless story that I can’t wait for the world to come with us on this epic journey Disney confirms the series will take place years after the events of the original film 1988 and will again tour primarily in Wales. It’s unclear if any of the film’s other stars will reprise their roles, and no other cast has been revealed yet.“So many fans have asked me over the years if Willow would make a comeback, and now I’m excited to tell them that he actually will,” Davis said. “Many have told me that they grew up with ‘Willow’ and that the film influenced their view of heroism in our own world. If Willow Ufgood can represent the heroic potential within all of us, then she is a character that I am extremely honored to take back.As the press release notes, this will be Lucasfilm’s first non-Star Wars live-action project since the 2015 release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Production is set to begin in 2021 and no release date has yet been released.
Howard previously teased the Willow series in July 2020, noting that the series had not been officially enlightened but “they have a great group of writers and their development is very active.”
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