Today is Star Wars: Celebration, but just because the events kicked off with a LucasFilm panel doesn’t mean the convention has to be entirely about a galaxy far far away. In fact, Disney teased its first look at “Willow,” a continuation series fantasy epic of the same directed by Ron Howard in the 80s. And it wouldn’t be much of a “Willow” series without its star Warwick Davis making a return as the titular sorcerer.
Kicking things were it left off, a reclusive willow joins a rag tag group of young heroes on a brand-new adventure across the magical world where they must face their inner demons and all new dangers. Davis is joined by newcomers Erin Kellyman, Ellie Bamber, Ruby Cruz, Tony, Dempsey, Amar Chadha-Patel, and Talisa Garcia.
Here’s the official plot synopsis for “Willow:”
An epic period fantasy series with a modern sensibility set in an enchanted land of breathtaking beauty, “Willow” features a diverse international cast with Jonathan Kasdan, Ron Howard, Wendy Mericle, Kathleen Kennedy, and Michelle Rejwan serving as executive producers. The story began with an aspiring magician from a Nelwyn village and an infant girl destined to unite the realms, who together helped destroy an evil queen and banish the forces of darkness. Now, in a magical world where brownies, sorcerers, trolls, and other mystical creatures flourish, the adventure continues, as an unlikely group of heroes set off on a dangerous quest to places far beyond their home, where they must face their inner demons and come together to save their world.
Well, we knew that Disney+ is a hub for all of our nostalgia cravings. So not only can we see out beloved shows and series again and again, the studio invites its subscribers and fans to see a continuation of the stories they hold so dear. Considered as a cult classic, it would be nearly 30 years before we ever got to see a new Willow take shape. Of course, the film also reignite interest in the fantasy genre as audiences got to see a world full of magic, trolls, and creatures unlike anything they’ve ever seen and can only exist it storybooks.
So it was nice to see LucasFilm show that they can be more than Star Wars. They’ve got other flavors as well. “Willow” will premiere November 30, 2022, exclusively on Disney+.