EXCLUSIVE: Ruby Cruz (stone castle) landed the female co-lead against Ellie Bamber and Erin Kellyman at willowThe next Disney + and Lucasfilm television series sequel to the 1988 fantasy film, with movie star Warwick Davis reprising his title role, I Learned. She replaced Cailee Spaeny, who was originally selected for the role, after a complete overhaul process. Lucasfilm declined to comment.
The new incarnation of Willow, who co-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 The 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’s “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.
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.
Cruz has already starred in another television adaptation of a cult 1980s film; she starred the female lead in the 2019 CW pilot The Lost boys, a version of Jami Gertz’s character from the 1987 film. Cruz is best known for playing a young Lizzy Kaplan in the second season of Hulu’s stone castle. She will then be seen in HBO Max’s Easttown mare with Kate Winslet. Cruz is replaced by Leigh Brillstein Management and the CESD.