The new series comes to Disney+ on November 30th.
Disney’s Star Wars Celebration kicked off today in Anaheim, and the studio has given the go-ahead. Lucasfilm gave fans their best look yet at Willow, an upcoming Disney+ series based on the 1988 film of the same name. The first teaser reveals a return to the lush fantasy world created by George Lucas and Ron Howard in the original film, albeit with slightly more modern special effects.
The film “Willow” was originally conceived by George Lucas, who hired Bob Dolman to write the screenplay and hired Ron Howard to direct. When the film was released in 1988, expectations were sky high, with many expecting it to do to fantasy what Star Wars did to science fiction. Although it never quite reached those heights, the film has gradually built a cult following over the years.
When Disney acquired Lucasfilm in 2012, rumors of some sort of Willow sequel began swirling in the pipeline. It finally came to fruition in late 2020, when Disney announced a sequel to the series would be streaming on Disney+.
Willow was created by Jonathan Kasdan, who serves as co-showrunner alongside Wendy Mericle. Ron Howard is on board as executive producer, as is Jon M. Chu, who also directed the first episode. Warwick Davis reprises his role as Willow Ufgood in the series, set years after the first film. He is 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 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 began with an aspiring mage from a Nelwyn village and a little girl destined to unite the realms, who together helped destroy an evil queen and banish the forces of darkness. Now, in a magical world where brownies, wizards, trolls and other mystical creatures thrive, the adventure continues as an unlikely band of heroes embark on a perilous quest to places far beyond their homeland, where they will face their inner demons come together to save their world.”
Willow is set to premiere on Disney+ on November 30, 2022.