After years of rumors, a Willow sequel series is officially coming to Disney+. The Hollywood Reporter broke the story and confirmed that Warwick Davis will reprise his role as Willow Ufgood from the 1988 fantasy movie directed by Ron Howard.
While Howard isn’t currently lined up to direct any episodes, he is attached as an executive producer. Jonathan Kasdan (Solo) wrote the pilot and will be the co-showrunner with Arrow veteran Wendy Mericle. Additionally, Crazy Rich Asians director Jon M. Chu will direct the pilot episode.
“Growing up in the’80s, Willow has had a profound effect on me,” said Chu in a statement.. “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, determination and of course, inner magic… It’s a bucket list moment for me… I can’t wait for the world to come along on this epic journey with us.”
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“So many fans have asked me over the years if Willow will make a return, and now I’m thrilled to tell them that he will indeed,” added Davis. “If Willow Ufgood can represent the heroic potential in all of us, then he is a character I am extremely honored to reprise.”
Lucasfilm will produce the Willow series for Disney+. According to THR, the series “will be set years after the film and introduce new characters into its world of fairy queens and monsters.” A start date has not yet been announced.
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