Willow on Disney+ hopes to bring back the magic [PRESS JUNKET]
Willow is one of my favorite movies of all time. I remember watching it as a little girl. I was blown away by the world, the monsters, the story and of course Val Kilmer. When Disney announced that they would be making a series instead of a movie sequel, the excitement doesn’t even cover it. Making it even more exciting, some of the original cast is returning!
I had a chance to watch the virtual press conference for the upcoming Disney+ Willow series. The cast included Warwick Davis – Willow herself – Ellie Bamber and Tony Revolori, Ruby Cruz, Dempsey Bryk, Erin Kellyman, as well as Amar Chadha. There was also Jon Kasdan, who is the writer and executive producer.
Watching the junket, you could feel the love, fun and passion pouring from everyone on screen. Especially Jon Kasdan who calls Warwick Davis his hero. When Warwick was asked if he ever thought he would return to Willow, he replied, “Absolutely not, no, absolutely not”. This is a story that fans have been begging to be brought back for decades. Now, 35 years later, it is finally happening.
JON KASDAN JOINS WARWICK DAVIS ON SOLO SET TO TALK WILD
Davis shared a funny story about how Jon Kasdan assaulted him on set Solo to talk about making one Willow sequel! In case you didn’t know, Jon Kasdan wrote Solo: A Star Wars Story. So it’s no wonder he was there. But he knew this was his chance! However, Warwick Davis wanted to concentrate on filming the film.
Jon Kasdan, who I understood was also a fan, and I wondered…who had let him in [the] set. You know, no fans allowed here, because he was possessed, [with] talking about ‘Willow’. And I guess we should concentrate on making this Star Wars story here, right?
But Kasdan was not interested in that. “There was certainly the impulse between Ron [Howard] and Warwick [Davis] and myself to continue this story and return to this world. And I came up with it as a fan.”
THE BOARD UNDERGOED THE STRICT TRAINING
To keep with the fantasy/realism tone, most stunts in Willow series are practical. So the cast had to go through a boot camp with horse riding, sword fighting and more! However, this isn’t the only way Jon Kasdan set the tone for this update Willow series. The new Disney+ series strikes a delicate balance between epic fantasy and contemporary at the same time. This was always going to be a challenge because he knows fans want the world we all know and love, but he also wants to give it a facelift for a new audience.
The big weapon we had with us was Warwick, who just gave the whole universe of ‘Willow’ credibility, and the moment you see him on screen, you suddenly think that these six other foolish children could somehow fit in in that world, and truly inhabit it. . And they did it so beautifully and with such gusto and enthusiasm. And authenticity, that it was kind of a wonderful thing to see all these things come together, and become something that feels like a progression from the movie as much as a love letter to it.
Ruby Cruz who plays Kit, Sorsha and Madmartigan’s daughter, shared that just being on set with Warwick Davis was a lesson in itself. Watching him work, snapping in and out of character was really cool. Erin Kellyman, who plays Jade, adds that Kasdan writes badass women who are multi-layered, which helps ground the world and get viewers invested in what happens to them and their journey. I have to agree!
After this press conference, I’m even more excited for the series! Willow streaming on Disney+ November 30, 2022! See that!