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Disney+’s Willow series casts three lead females

December 5th, 2020 by Marc Comments

With the news a few weeks back that the Disney+ tv series has a director in the shape of Crazy Rich Asians’ Jon M Chu and has its lead character, Willow, back in the form of the one and only Warwick Davis, it looks like things are picking up as the first three leads have signed on.

Ellie Bamber (Nocturnal Animals), Cailee Spaeny (The Craft: Legacy) and Erin Kellyman (Solo) are in negotiations for the three female lead roles in Jonathan Kasdan’s sequel to the Lucasfilm 1980s movie.

The series will also have original Willow director Ron Howard in a producer role. It’s also Lucasfilm’s first non-Star Wars project since 2015.

“According to circulated casting information for the series, it revolves around a group on a mission to save a kidnapped prince. 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 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.”

The series, like the original movie, is set to film in Wales.

Out of all the cast so far, it’s Kellyman’s casting that has my attention as she was outstanding in Solo: A Star Wars Story as Enfys Nest, the leader of the pirates that have Solo and co on the run… interestingly, Warwick Davis played Weazel in that movie (and in Star Wars: Episode I, fact fans!) and was part of Nest’s gang, so the two working together has already so precedence.

Honestly, Willow was a little lost on me as a kid, so maybe it’s time to revisit it ahead of this arriving on Disney+.


Source: Deadline

Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….