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‘Willow’ Canceled After Single Season on Disney+

The journey of Willow won’t continue on Disney+. The streamer has canceled the Lucasfilm series, a sequel to the 1988 movie of the same title, after a single season. The news comes two months after the eight-episode season concluded its run. Disney+ doesn’t provide viewing data for its programming, but Willow didn’t break into the […]

‘Willow’ Star Christian Slater Talks His Val Kilmer Tribute and the ‘Mr. Robot’ Effect

Three decades ago, Christian Slater met Val Kilmer on the set of True Romance, the Quentin Tarantino-penned, Tony Scott-directed crime thriller. Slater played Clarence Worley, an Elvis Presley fanatic, while Kilmer portrayed the Mentor, an Elvis-like figment of Clarence’s imagination. Slater and Kilmer, who first made their names in the 1980s, would go on to […]

‘Willow’ EP Ron Howard Talks Season Two Renewal Chances, the Future of ‘Solo’ and the Time He Met Joseph Campbell

Ron Howard isn’t all that surprised that a Willow sequel now exists in the form of a Disney+ series. After all, Willow mastermind George Lucas always believed that a TV series would be the optimal way to expand the world of Willow, and the idea has been kicked around ever since Lucas and Howard collaborated […]

‘Willow’ Star Ruby Cruz Talks Her Complicated Disney Princess and Taking Over the Role From Her Good Friend

[The following story contains spoilers for Willow episode seven, “Beyond the Shattered Sea.”] Willow star Ruby Cruz is proud to buck the conventions of what constitutes a Disney princess. On Jonathan Kasdan‘s legacy sequel series, Cruz plays Princess Kit Tanthalos, the daughter of Madmartigan (Val Kilmer) and Sorsha (Joanne Whalley) from Ron Howard’s 1988 film, […]

‘Willow’ Star Erin Kellyman on Queer Representation: “It Feels Like I’m Healing My Inner Child”

[This story contains spoilers for Willow episode five.] With only three episodes remaining in the first season of Disney+ fantasy series Willow, the strong and determined knight-to-be Jade has seen her world completely turned upside down. Played by The Falcon and Winter Soldier actor Erin Kellyman, Jade learns life-altering news in Willow’s episode five — her […]

‘Willow’ Star Tony Revolori Talks Episode 4’s Reveal and the ‘Spider-Man’ Story Point He Suggested

[This story contains spoilers for Willow episode four, “The Whispers of Nockmaar.”] Tony Revolori never imagined that he’d be playing a prince in the Willow-verse, but he’s certainly here for it. In Willow, the legacy sequel series to Ron Howard’s 1988 film, the California native plays Graydon, the unconventional prince who’s betrothed to Princess Kit […]

‘Willow’ Star Warwick Davis Took Inspiration from Mark Hamill’s ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Performance

[This story contains spoilers for the first two episodes of Willow.] It’s been 34 years since Warwick Davis last played the Nelwyn sorcerer Willow Ufgood, but now he’s back to lead a new generation of heroes on another world-saving adventure in the Disney+ series Willow. Davis first joined the Lucasfilm family as Wicket, the courageous […]

Events of the Week: ‘Emancipation,’ ‘The Whale’ and More

Here’s a look at this week’s biggest premieres, parties and openings in Los Angeles and New York, including red carpets for Emancipation, The Whale, Willow and Violent Night. George and Tammy premiere Jessica Chastain and Michael Shannon walked the carpet on Nov. 21 for the Los Angeles premiere of their George Jones and Tammy Wynette […]

‘Willow’ Creator Jonathan Kasdan Talks the Series’ Origin and the Case for More of Emilia Clarke’s ‘Solo’ Character

In December 2015, Jonathan Kasdan was in attendance for the WGA screening of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and he overheard Lucasfilm boss Kathleen Kennedy tell a quick little anecdote that would ultimately get the ball rolling on his Willow series. Kasdan knew right away that Elora Danan (Ellie Bamber), the central and infantile figure […]

Ron Howard, ‘Willow’ Team on Rebooting ’80s Film for Disney+ Show: “George Lucas Had Always Believed It Should Be A Series”

In 1988, Jonathan Kasdan watched the fantasy adventure Willow for the first time at Westwood’s Regency Village Theater with his father and Star Wars screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan. Thirty-four years later, Kasdan — now co-writer and executive producer of the series reboot of the original film — returned to the very same theater on Tuesday for […]

‘Willow’ Film Writer Says TV Reboot’s Process Had “More of a Corporate Feeling” Than Movie

The screenwriter of the original Willow film is reflecting on the process of making the movie, along with opening up about ways in which working in the writers room of the new Disney+ television reboot didn’t feel as freeing. Willow, the tale of a humble farmer enlisted to go on a quest to save the […]

‘Willow’ Review: Warwick Davis Returns in Disney+’s Good-Enough Sequel Series

Davis' big-hearted aspiring magician is back for a new fantasy adventure featuring a grown-up Elora Danan and new threats.