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Willow Release Date: Trailer, Who Plays Roles in the Willow Series? Where Will the Willow Series Be Available?

The fantasy adventure film that was released in 1988 under the same name will be the inspiration for the future television show Willow, which will air in the United States.

Lucasfilm may have been spending the majority of their time in a galaxy far, far away with the continued, astronomical success of Star Wars, and they are also set to return to the archeological adventures of Indiana Jones, but there was a time when they dabbled in the fantasy genre with Willow.

Willow, written by George Lucas and directed by a still-young Ron Howard, was not a massive box office success, especially when compared to its older siblings Star Wars and Indiana Jones. This lack of unprecedented success is likely the reason why Lucasfilm has not touched the IP since its debut in 1988, but it has enjoyed the luxuries of being a cult classic that has maintained a devoted fanbase since its debut.

After Willow Ufgood completed his quest in the first film, many fans expected that to be the end of his story and that we would not see him again. Yet, lo and behold, Willow is back for a brand-new adventure, with a new Disney+ series set to continue his journey with new heroes and villains, but the same lovable character that fans already know and adore, with Warwick Davis reprising his role.

The 34-year absence has certainly been lengthy, but it won’t last much longer, so here is everything we know about Willow’s triumphant return.

Who Plays Roles in the Willow Series?

As previously stated, Willow would not exist without the individual who brought the beloved character to life in the first place. Davis was first introduced to Lucasfilm when he voiced Wicket in Return of the Jedi.

Since then, he has appeared in a cameo in nearly every Star Wars film since. Davis was finally given the opportunity to play the lead in a major, high-budget film with Willow, following a distinguished career of smaller parts. Given Davis’s professed affection for the role over the years and his praise for the film’s depiction of people with dwarfism, it is logical that he would reprise the role.

Joanne Whalley will reprise her role as Sorsha, the once-adversarial daughter of Bavmorda who became a steadfast ally and protector of the child Willow was transporting. As both Sorsha and Madmartigan vowed to raise and care for the child in order to give her the life she deserved, this offers a number of hints as to where the story could go.

Unfortunately, Whalley’s on-screen love interest and off-screen ex-husband Val Kilmer will not be returning, but both Whalley and Kasdan confirmed at their Celebration panel that Kilmer’s fan-favorite character Madmartigan would have a constant presence throughout the series and that Kilmer fully supported the series.

The remainder of the cast consists of new characters who will become the new heroes of Willow’s world. These actors include Erin Kellyman (Solo: A Star Wars Story) as Jade, a knight-in-training, Rosabell Laurenti Sellers (Game of Thrones), Tony Revolori (Spider-Man: Homecoming), Ellie Bamber (The Nutcracker and the Four Realms) as Dove, Dempsey Bryk (Black Mirror), Ruby Cruz (Mare of Easthampton) as Kit, Sorsha’s daughter, Amar Cha

Ralph Ineson (The Green Knight) will play Commander Ballontine, and Christian Slater (Mr. Robot) will play an unspecified role said to be connected to Madmartigan.

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View the Willow Trailer

Lucasfilm took a moment to highlight Willow by releasing the first trailer, despite the fact that this weekend is dominated by Star Wars due to Star Wars Celebration’s numerous announcements for the science-fiction galaxy.

In typical Lucasfilm fashion, the trailer reveals little information about the plot. Instead, it provides a brief introduction to the new characters joining this fantastical world, while reintroducing older characters we already know and love, including Joanne Whalley reprising her role as Shorsha, and Warwick Davis as an older, wiser Willow Ufgood who has become much more skilled in the art of magic and spellcasting.

All of this is coupled with that timeless, iconic theme composed by the late, great James Horner all those years ago.

The second Willow trailer debuted on September 10, 2022, during a D23 presentation. Kit, the daughter of Sorsha, enlists Willow in her mission to save her twin brother, as depicted in the trailer. The spot also reveals some of the evil and perilous forces that our heroes will face throughout the course of the series.

When and Where Will the Willow Series Be Available?

Willow, a Lucasfilm production, will make its debut on Disney+ under the banner of its parent company. The eight-episode series officially premieres on November 30, 2022, with new episodes being released every subsequent Wednesday.

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What Does the Willow Series Entail?

In the original film, Willow embarked on a journey to deliver a young child he discovered near his village and to protect her from an evil sorceress who wished to harm her. Willow was in completely unfamiliar territory, having rarely left his small hometown.

His journey is littered with vile monsters and wretched servants of the evil Empress Bavmorda, but Willow also meets a group of lifelong companions, such as the arrogant yet lovable swordsman Madmartigan, who aid him in his quest. Willow ultimately prevailed in his quest to protect the young child, and he returned home with a newfound appreciation for studying magic.

Willow will continue to be the selfless, lovable hero he was in the film, although details on his next adventure are still relatively sketchy. The trailer suggests that the once-novice magician has significantly honed and perfected his craft, carrying himself with a sense of dignity and confidence while remaining modest.

The show is confirmed to take place decades after the events of the film, with Willow now assisting a young woman named Kit in her search for her kidnapped brother, along with a small group of companions on a new epic quest.

Who Creates the Willow TV Series?

Ron Howard will executive produce the Willow series alongside Lucasfilm veterans Kathleen Kennedy and Jonathan Kasdan, despite the fact that he will not return to the director’s chair.

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Kasdan, who collaborated extensively with Howard and co-wrote Solo: A Star Wars Story, will also serve as the showrunner for the project. Kasdan is also credited alongside John Bickerstaff (Grounded) and Hannah Friedman as a screenwriter for the show (Obi-Wan Kenobi).

Jon M. Chu, known for Crazy Rich Asians and In The Heights, was originally slated to direct the series, but he has since withdrawn due to scheduling conflicts. Now, Stephen Woolfenden (Outlander), Jamie Childfenden (His Dark Materials), and Debs Paterson will serve as directors (A Discovery of Witches).