EXCLUSIVE: Amer Chadha-Patel (Doom: Annihilation) clinched a men’s lead over Ellie Bamber, Ruby Cruz and Erin Kellyman in Willow, The upcoming Disney + and Lucasfilm TV series follows the 1988 fantasy film, with movie star Warwick Davis reprising his title role, I learned. Lucasfilm declined to comment.
The new incarnation of willow, which also stars Tony Revolori, comes from Jonathan Kasdan, who wrote the pilot and serves as co-showrunner alongside Wendy Mericle; original film director Ron Howard and writer Bob Dolman; as well as Lucasfilm, which produced the film. Jonathan Entwistle directs.
the willow film, written by Dolman from a story by George Lucas, starred Davis as a reluctant farmer who leads a motley team on a quest to protect a special baby from a tyrannical queen who swears to destroy her. The series takes place years after the events of the film. He introduces all-new characters to the enchanted realm of fairy queens and two-headed Eborsisk monsters, and once again welcomes his hero Willow Ufgood (Davis).
No further details on the series’ script have been released. According to casting information released for the series, it revolves around a group on a mission to save a kidnapped prince. Team members include Dove (Bamber), an unpretentious housekeeper who proves she is “the chosen one” as she sets out on the journey. She is joined by Kit (Cruz), the princess whose twin brother has been kidnapped. Kit is destined to be a leader and ultimately the queen. Kellyman plays Jade, a servant who is Kit’s best friend and moral compass.
Chadha-Patel will play the fourth band member Boorman, who echoes Val Kilmer’s character in the film. Boorman is a thief and a liar who joins the quest in exchange for his release from prison.
The executive producers of the series are Kathleen Kennedy and Michelle Rejwan of Kasdan, Mericle, Howard and Lucasfilm. Dolman is a consulting producer. Roopesh Parekh and Hannah Friedman are co-executive producers; Julia Cooperman is a producer.
willow is scheduled to shoot in Wales, where much of the original film was filmed. British actor Chadha-Patel played Osama Bin Laden in the 2016 film Army Of One. His TV series credits include Beecham House, year of the rabbit and The third day.