Lucasfilm’s Willow Sequel Series Finds A New Director

It’s been revealed that Lucasfilm’s Willow sequel series had found itself a new director after Jon M. Chu left the project. Lucasfilm has hired Jonathan Entwistle to direct the upcoming series which will be coming to Disney Plus.

Entwistle is known for working on shows such as The End of the F***ing World and I Am Not Okay With This. It was also revealed that Entwistle would be helming the upcoming Power Rangers projects.

Here’s what he had to say about directing the Willow sequel series for Lucasfilm in a statement:

With its epic world of swords, sorcery and adventure, Willow captivated and influenced so many. I’m excited to be going on this journey and working with Jon and Wendy to create something that is both deeply rooted in that original film and also a fresh, funny and charming addition to the beloved story. To be able to play within the world so painstakingly crafted by Ron back in ’88 is a dream come true for me.

The Willow sequel series has a new director

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Jonathan Kasdan wrote the pilot episode and will also be the showrunner alongside Wendy Mericle (Arrow). The epic fantasy adventure is set in an age of swords, sorcery, myths and monsters. The series takes place years after the events of the original Willow film. “It introduces all-new characters to the enchanted realm of fairy queens and two-headed Eborsisk monsters, and welcomes back its namesake hero, Willow Ufgood, performed once again by the unmatchable Warwick Davis.”

Ron Howard previously shared the following statement:

It’s creatively exciting to not only revisit the world and characters first conceived by George Lucas, Bob Dolman and myself but to see it take flight in such fresh, fun and cinematic ways through the imagination of Jon Kasdan and Team Willow. This isn’t a nostalgic throw-back, it’s a creative lean-forward and it’s a blast to be a part of it all.

Star Warwick Davis added:

So many fans have asked me over the years if Willow will make a return, and now I’m thrilled to tell them that he will indeed. Many have told me they grew up with ‘Willow’ and that the film has influenced how they view heroism in our own world. If Willow Ufgood can represent the heroic potential in all of us, then he is a character I am extremely honoured to reprise.

Erin Kellyman (Solo), Cailee Spaeny (The Craft: Legacy), and Ellie Bamber (Nocturnal Animals) are all part of the cast of this sequel series. It’s said that the story revolves around a group on a mission to save a kidnapped prince.

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