It is official, now is the time to return to the fantasy adventure of George Lucas, Willow, with the new sequel series of Disney Plus. The streaming service confirmed on Tuesday that the series is a go and also announced that Jon M. Chu, who has previously worked in Crazy Rich Asians, In the Heights, will be directing the pilot.
Chu has also served as an executive producer alongside the showrunners Wendy Mericle, who has previously worked in Arrow, and Jonathan Kasdan, who wrote the pilot. Along with them, Bob Dolman, who wrote the original film, and Ron Howard, who directed the original film.
The original film’s star, Warwick Davis, will be reprising his role as titular Willow Ufgood, the Nelwyn dwarf sorcerer tasked with protecting a baby prophesied to bring down the evil queen. Davis said in a statement that many fans had asked him over the years if the show will be making a return, and now he is thrilled to tell them that it will, indeed.
Willow: Sequel Series Confirmed On Disney Plus; Jon M. Chu Roped In As Director
He added that many fans had told him they grew up with Willow and said that the film has influenced how they view heroism in their own world. If Ufgood can represent the heroic potential in all of us, then he is a character, he is extremely honored to reprise. The series will be taking place years after the events of the original film, which was released in the year 1988, and introduce all-new characters to the enchanted realm of the fairy queens and two-headed Eborsisk monsters.
It is slated to begin production from the next year in Wales, where much of the original film was shot. Chu said in a statement that Ufgood had had a profound effect on him, growing up in the 80s. The story of one of the bravest heroes in the least likely places allowed him, an Asian American kid growing up in a Chinese restaurant looking forward to go to Hollywood, to make-believe in the power of our own determination, will, and of course, inner magic.
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So the fact that he gets to work with his heroes from Kathleen Kennedy to Ron Howard is more significant than a dream come true. It is a bucket-list moment for him; Wendy Mericle and Jon Kasdan have added such groundbreaking new characters.