Disney+’s Willow sequel series has hit a few roadblocks along the way to production. Back in January, Crazy Rich Asians director Jon M. Chu stepped aside from helming the pilot episode over scheduling issues. However, director Jonathan Entwistle was quickly recruited to replace Chu. Regardless, Deadline is reporting that Entwistle only stayed with the project for a few months before leaving (via SuperHeroHype).
According to Deadline, Entwistle left in April because he had to begin preparing to shoot his Apple TV+ series, Hello Tomorrow. Production on the Willow pilot had been delayed again due to a recasting.
Outlander director Stephen Woolfenden was subsequently chosen to replace Entwistle. Additionally, Woolfenden has already finished filming the first two episodes of Willow.
Warwick Davis is the only cast member from the 1988 Willow movie to return for the series. He will reprise his role as Willow Ufgood. However, the spotlight will now fall on Princess Kit (Ruby Cruz). That’s because she has to save her twin brother, who has been kidnapped.
But Kit won’t be alone on her quest. A warrior named Jade (Erin Kellyman) and Kit’s maid, Dove (Ellie Bamber), will accompany her. Boorman (Amer Chadha-Patel) also joins the three young women in return for being freed from prison.
Jonathan Kasdan and Wendy Mericle are showrunning the series. Ron Howard, the director of the original Willow, will produce the series alongside Bob Dolman.
Disney+ hasn’t set a date for Willow yet. Regardless, a 2022 debut seems likely.
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