On Disney+ Day last Friday, amidst the various announcements across the various Disney brands, there was a cast announcement trailer for another project: the upcoming Willow series for Disney+!
The trailer features star Warwick Davis conducting a humorous get-to-know-you interview of sorts with the new generation of cast members working to bring this Willow sequel series to life, which will debut on Disney+ next year. Check it out:
The series is a sequel to the 1988 film, which was directed by Ron Howard and produced by George Lucas, who also supplied the story for the movie. It starred Warwick Davis in the role of Willow Ufgood, having previously worked with Lucas on a number of projects – most notably, Star Wars: Return of the Jedi. Davis is returning to the role for this series, and he will be joined by newcomers to the cast as introduced in this video: Dempsey Bryk, Amer Chadha-Patel, Ellie Bamber, Tony Revolori, Ruby Cruz, and Erin Kellyman. The series was developed by Jonathan Kasdan (who also wrote the pilot episode) and is being executive produced by Kasdan, Wendy Mericle, Kathleen Kennedy, Michelle Rejwan, Ron Howard, and Roopesh Parekh.
There are obviously plenty of Star Wars connections to this series, from the fact that the original movie was developed by George Lucas to the fact that it stars some familiar Star Wars cast members (Warwick Davis and Erin Kellyman) to the fact that Jonathan Kasdan developed the series (he also co-wrote Solo) to the fact that it’s being executive produced by those familiar to the Star Wars universe in Kasdan, Kennedy, Rejwan, and Howard. But even if nothing else, this is a production undertaken by Lucasfilm, and so it’s something we’re paying attention to.
Lucasfilm has a lot in the works right now just as it pertains to Star Wars, as 2022 will be the largest year in history for Star Wars content, particularly on-screen. But there will also be this Willow series dropping, and work will continue on the fifth Indiana Jones film. A lot is happening, and I can’t wait for it all!