Willow Returns on Disney+
Willow Returns series has stayed a fictional favorite for fans, and people who have risen up with the world and the characters have continually requested for a sequel, but it never arrived to fruition until now. Warwick Davis, perpetually linked to the role of the titular Nelwyn sorcerer, never considered he’d be talking about a new Willow so many years later. “For years, lovers [have been] asking, ‘When are we moving to see a sequel to that movie?’” Davis shared. “And it’s a query that I could never answer — until I met Jon Kasdan, who I understood was also a fan. Before I understood it, I was seating on set in Wales for the very first day of filming, once again looking just like Willow, but a slightly older, more mature, better-looking version.”
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Avid Willow movie fans are in for a big joy. Lucasfilm and Imagine Entertainment cast Willow Returns, an all-new action-adventure series based on the original 1988 fantasy-adventure movie, to Disney+. The initial film is based around Willow Ufgood (Warwick Davis), an aspiring magician who sets out on a trip to protect an infant, Elora Danan, predicted to vanquish the evil Queen Bavmorda from their world of Andowyne. Now, the story continues as evil forces invade Queen Sorsha’s (Joanne Whaley, reprising the role) kingdom of Tir Asleen and kidnap one of her kids, Prince Airk (Dempsey Bryk). Princess Kit (Ruby Cruz) embarks on a risky task to save her brother with a doubtful band of heroes — the noble Jade (Erin Kellyman), the roguish Boorman (Amar Chadha-Patel), the immature kitchen-maid Dove (Ellie Bamber), and the brilliant Graydon (Tony Revolori) — but they cannot achieve alone. The ragtag team strives out Willow, with Davis producing his iconic role, in the expectancies that he will help save Andowyne earlier again.
“There was the whim, definitely, between Ron and Warwick and myself to restart this story, and replace to this world,” Kasdan added. “I reached at it as a fan, and they arrived at it both as the creators, and they found a champion in me. I just kept opposing and hoping that we’d get a possibility to go back here, and my ace was always that Warwick would be back and that he would look so adorable and America — and the world — would truly fall on their knees. He said I believe everyone got that, and everyone respected that there was something really unique in the opportunity to bring this personality back to the screen.”
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Amar Chadha-Patel, who plays Boorman, a fighter with a checked past, was only 8 years old when the original Willow arrived out and he rewatched the movie after he was cast. “It suited neatly into my upbringing, in the feeling that I grew up on escapism and fantasy like The Never Ending Story and The Princess Bride. That’s my childhood,” he said. “So by osmosis, I’d sort of imbibed the quality of that kind of film. It was always a part of me.” Tony Revolori, who plays prince Graydon, was also young when the first movie came out.
“I actually monitored it with my parents and my brother, and I love the movie. I fell in love with the magic of the world, so when this possibility came about, I was thrilled and privileged,” he said.
There were, however, a lot of physical needs for the series. Davis recognized it being hard even the first time around when he was much younger at 17. “The challenging terrains, the harsh situations in the mountains of New Zealand were quite physically challenging,” he said. “[And] this moment around, I’m not 17 anymore. I’m 52, so bumpy terrain, mud, that sort of thing was more complicated.” Production executed a compulsory boot camp for the cast. “It was the horse depending that I was really scared of,” Revolori said. “And I had to learn the language and know how to read and write it, and also do the sword apprenticeship and stuff like that.”
There’s always the challenge with a sequel to create it feel familiar while pushing the storyline forward. For Kasdan, Davis produced all the difference. “The prominent weapon we had with us was Warwick, who just lent the whole galaxy of Willow credibility. The instant you see him on screen, you unexpectedly believe these six other silly kids could somehow fit into that world, and truly inhabit it,” he said. “And they did so beautifully, and with such gusto and confidence. It was an excellent thing to watch all these things come jointly and become something that touches like an advancement from the movie as much as a love letter to it.”
Willow Returns Series
“Certainly for me, one of the most satisfying things about the sequel was those callbacks to events that occurred in the film,” Davis added. “Times when I as a character talked about those occasions, that was a really fun way of examining back at those things, and certainly I think fans will get a lift out of them. We also moved back to locations and environments [from] the film. In special, Nockmaar was one of those places that really kind of gave me the shivers. There I am, posing somewhere that Bavmorda would have sat, and I still felt her actuality in that area. That just shows you how influential the film was, and also Jean Marsh’s execution.”
For Davis, it was especially impressive because two of his children, Annabelle and Harrison Davis, also performed in the series and got to experience Willow as he once did as a young actor. “Annabelle plays Mims, Willow’s daughter, and she’s a competent actor in her own right,” he said. “We had a lot of fun playing the scenes together. Obviously, we’ve got that natural chemistry between us, which I think really shines. I’m particularly proud of her work.” His son, Harrison, performed as Willow’s photo and stunt double. Davis shared, “Harrison, for me, he’s the most excellent stunt and photo double. He stands the same height as I do and examines just like me. But he’s slightly unhappy now that he’s never going to be identified for the work he did.”
Madmartigan (played by Val Kilmer)
The original film featured the renowned character Madmartigan (played by Val Kilmer), a reckless mercenary and humiliated knight who by possibly be friends with Willow and, at one point, romances the now Queen Sorsha. “We’d never noticed someone who looked like that and who expressed like that in a fantasy story,” Kasdan recalled of the influence of Madmartigan’s character. “It was like some kid from the Valley had popped into the world of Dungeons and Dragons, and that truly spread a door.”
With Kilmer incapable to work on the series, the absence of this memorable character had to somehow be addressed. “The question of what had happened to [Madmartigan] was right at the heart of the story we were narrating, and we knew that it would be woven into this quest in a basic way, to see where he was, what had become of him, and what he’d given up. And that question follows the whole season,” Kasdan explained. “We had a lot of opinions about ways to play it off and ways to leave it open. We added this texture of a friend of Madmartigan’s, who could give us some clues about his whereabouts. Madmartigan is still out there — I have had many conversations with everyone involved, and our feeling is he is out there to be found, should the day arrive. And I think Warwick and I would both love to see him pick up that sword again.”
Humor of Willow
Humor was absolutely a part of the first film, and both Davis and Kasdan wanted to hold that element in the series. “It’s vital that we took that ethos from the movie, the comedy because that’s what truly set Willow apart from the other fiction offerings of the ‘80s, was that it could look at itself and laugh and not carry itself seriously,” Davis said. “But also, as well as being a great fantasy and sci-fi writer, Jon is also a very good comic writer.”
“It’s another one of the amazing gifts of getting to do this show now — we all learned how excellent Warwick was in the movie, but his humor is, in a way, one of the most constant things about it,” Kasdan counted. “He’s gone on to have this amazing career as a comedian, and this wealth of material to look at for motivation and reference.” For Kasdan, the passage of time in the story also added chances for humor. “To arrive at the show again with him, particularly in a separate part of his life, where he has insecurities and worries and huge importance to hold up, we simply had a lot of fun with that as a subject matter. That supposed true to the essence of the show, and what we desired it to be.”
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