It was not that long ago we finally got official confirmation of the Willow TV series from Lucasfilm. Now according to Deadline, Lucasfilm has moved forward with casting three lead characters. According to the outlet, Ellie Bamber (Nocturnal Animals), Cailee Spaeny (The Craft: Legacy) and Erin Kellyman (Solo) are in negotiations for the three female leads in Willow.
The Willow TV series is a follow up to the Lucasfilm 1988 movie starring Warwick Davis. Davis will be reprising his titular role in the upcoming Disney+ show. According to Deadline the three cast members will fit in as follows.
“The members of the team include Dove (Bamber), whose backstory resembles that of Willow from the movie. Dove is an unassuming kitchen maid who proves she is the “chosen one” as she embarks on the journey. She is joined by Kit (Spaeny), the princess whose twin brother was abducted. She is destined to be a leader and ultimately the queen. Kellyman (pictured below) plays Jade, a servant who is Kit’s best friend and moral compass. She is on her way to becoming the best young warrior in the kingdom. Also part of the group is a guy who echoes Val Kilmer’s character in the movie. A thief and liar, he joins the quest in exchange for getting out of prison.”
I love the fantasy genre, but I never held Willow up as a great example of that genre. Perhaps in a Disney+ long-form format, with multiple seasons, this version of Willow could work better? Fantasy is hugely dependent on the world building that goes on, and one average length movie didn’t allow much time.
Willow will mark Disney+ first real foray into fantasy, there is however serious competition. Amazon has both The Wheel of Time and The Lord of the Rings coming, two of the biggest fantasy properties. Netflix has both The Witcher and now Conan the Barbarian being developed. Meanwhile, HBO are pushing ahead with Game of Thrones prequel House of the Dragon.
Can Willow really stand up to these giants? Are you excited for the Willow TV series and this casting? Leave your thoughts below in the usual spot.