Willow: Create new characters for the love of (…)

“I want to give them five new genres … that are completely different and fun in their own way,” Jonathan Kasdan Arezou Amin told Collider. The producer explains to the screenwriter how he convinced Disney oils to make Willow from Disney + and talks about creating new characters that fans will love in the sequel to the cult 80s film of the same name.

At the Star Wars Celebration last week, there was a moment at the Lucasfilm Showcase, and who says Lucasfilm is definitely meant to Willow and Kasdan took the opportunity to slip in some information about his little Disney +destination series. A follow-up to the cult adventure film, the series brings in Warwick Davis ’sorcerer Nelwyn to help a princess rescue her twin brother 200 years after the evil Bavmorda is ousted.

Kasdan, son of legendary filmmaker Lawrence Kasdan, was one of those responsible for reviving the franchise. He joined Davis and Joanne Whalley on the Lucasfilm panel, and explained how the series came about thanks to his desire for a sequel and the chance to meet between him, Davis and the director of the original film, Ron Howard, on set. .to Single. Luckily for him, George Lucas was also a fan of the film and Kasdan jumped at the chance to join the franchise.

The writer and producer opens up about bringing life back to the world he loved as a child, and how to bridge the gap between fans who grew up with the film and the new audience, younger, says that Willow there is an advantage over other Lucasfilm projects:

“I know that Willow there is an advantage that I did not consider Star Wars there is, knowing that … McGuffin in the story is a child. And so the questions arose: “What happened to the child?” Where did the child go? » The show is very interested in the questions, in his answer and how it affects the lives of all people, and how that character and that savior will fit into the future history of the world, and that is what we will do, and that the I told them from the first day. Let’s see what this little girl can do as she grows up. The question is what place it occupies in our history, and when.

He also talks about creating new characters that audiences young and old will love, and the importance of finding a character who can hold up to Val Kilmer’s Madmartigan line in the original film, while still being fresh, creative and interesting:

“The thing is, I knew I wanted to set up, like Warrick and Val being a special couple, and I knew we couldn’t do that again, so I wanted to give them five new- genres of interaction that were completely different and fun in their own way, and felt very contemporary in the way that Val felt really contemporary in 1988 … those three women, who came in and took on that role , that’s the most fun.

it Willow, while built on the same foundation as its predecessor, is somewhat different in part due to the ages of the characters. An older and wiser Willow Ufgood is now the leader of the new generation of heroes and has the responsibility of guiding them as she was originally supported. In the same vein, Kasdan, one of the kids who wore the tape in the original film, is now moving the world forward with the help of Wendy Mericle. Howard is also on hand as a producer to help reclaim the magic of this cult classic of dark fantasy.

Kasdan tried to take the torch off Willow, which brings the comedy and fantasy adventure series to this true sequel. It has a good, young cast, or, as he put it on the Lucasfilm panel, “annoying kids who bother him (Davis) for a while,” with Ruby Cruz, Erin Kellyman, Ellie Bamber, Tony Revolori, Amer Chadha-Patel, Dempsey Bryk and Talisa Garcia joined Davis as well as his real-life daughter, Annabelle Davis, in the role of her on-screen daughter.

Willow available at Disney+ on November 30th.

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