The 1988 fantasy movie Willow was under-appreciated in its day, however it’s now a fantasy cult basic. Disney+ is betting on the power of its nostalgic attraction with the brand new fantasy sequence Willow, set many years after the occasions of the primary movie. And now we now have an official trailer, which debuted at D23 Expo.
As we have reported beforehand, the unique Willow was directed by Ron Howard, and it informed the story of a kid with a rune birthmark who was prophesied to carry concerning the downfall of the evil sorceress Queen Bavmorda. The baby was set afloat on a grass raft and located by a village of little folks (the Nelwyn). A Nelwyn dwarf sorcerer named Willow led a celebration to discover a group of Daikini (tall folks) to lift the child. Many magical adventures ensued.
The Oscar-nominated movie debuted to combined essential opinions, however made a good displaying on the field workplace, incomes $137.6 million globally—though it by no means grew to become the blockbuster hit producer George Lucas had hoped it will be. Lucas and Davis had mentioned the opportunity of a sequel sequence as early as 2005, however Disney+ did not give the venture the inexperienced gentle till October 2020, with Howard on board as an government producer.
The sequence seems and seems like a promising return to that world. Among different optimistic indicators, Warwick Davis is returning because the Nelwyn dwarf sorcerer Willow Ufgood. (Davis was on stage for the trailer’s introduction at D23 Expo.) The official synopsis describes the sequence as “an epic interval fantasy sequence with a contemporary sensibility set in an enchanted land of breathtaking magnificence”—so, very a lot in the identical vein as the unique movie. It continues:
The story started with an aspiring magician from a Nelwyn village and an toddler woman destined to unite the realms, who collectively helped destroy an evil queen and banish the forces of darkness. Now, in a magical world the place brownies, sorcerers, trolls, and different mystical creatures flourish, the journey continues, as an unlikely group of heroes set off on a harmful quest to locations far past their house, the place they have to face their interior demons and are available collectively to save their world.
In addition to the return of Davis, Joanne Whalley is again as Sorsha, daughter of the defeated Queen Bavmorda from the unique movie, and an achieved warrior in her personal proper. Kevin Pollak reprises his function because the brownie Rool, who brings a little bit of levity to the proceedings. Alas, Val Kilmer has been recovering from throat most cancers and thus could not come again as mercenary swordsman Madmartigan. But we realized from the panelists that Christian Slater will be a part of the forged as a pal of the swordsman, described merely as “a personality aiding quest.” So Madmartigan can be there in spirit.
The new characters embrace Erin Kellyman as a servant named Jade, who’s coaching to turn into a warrior; Ruby Cruz as Jade’s finest pal Kit, daughter of Sorsha, who assembles a celebration to rescue her twin brother; Ellie Bamber as a kitchen maid named Dove; and Amar Chadha-Patel as a thief named Boorman, who’s promised his freedom in alternate for serving to the social gathering. Ralph Ineson performs Commander Ballantine, Adwoah Aboa performs Scorpia, Kenny Knight performs Keene, Alexis Rodney performs Lachlan, Charlie Rawes performs Toth, and Talisa Garcia performs a queen and mom of the as-yet-unnamed character performed by Tony Revolori. Dempsey Bryk and Rosabell Laurenti Sellers have been forged in undisclosed roles.
The trailer opens with a mysterious voiceover: “You suppose you realize what’s actual and what is not. What is gentle, what’s darkish. Now neglect all you realize. Come with me.” Cut to Sorsha saying “Willow.” She sends Kit to hunt out the sorcerer and ask for his assist in rescuing her kidnapped son, as a result of the world as soon as once more wants his magic. Of course Willow agrees to assist, main them “past the sting of our world into the unknown.” There’s a anonymous enemy on the market, “rallying the forces of evil,” Willow says. “And the one factor standing in his path is us.”
Pollak’s temporary look as Rool—and would possibly that be Franjean with him?—was the clear spotlight for me. He’s delighted to see his previous pal Willow once more, and principally mimes the narrative arc of the primary film: “Just like previous instances. Running! Horses! Mayhem! Mayhem! Happy kissy ending!” Yep, that about sums it up. And it seems just like the sequence will serve up a lot extra of the identical.
Willow debuts on Disney+ on November 30, 2022.
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