The Disney+ Willow series is moving full-steam ahead.
Deadline reports actors Ellie Bamber, Cailee Spaeny, and Erin Kellyman are in talks to join the series as a new trio of characters who sure do sound a lot like a new main cast. Bamber will play Dove, an “unassuming kitchen maid who proves she is the ‘chosen one’ as she embarks on the journey.” Deadline suggests she may be the series’s new take on Willow Ufgood (Warwick Davis), although that character is expected to be returning for the series.
Spaeny joins as Kit, a princess whose abducted twin brother is at the center of the quest. We’re unsure how long-lived Willow’s people are, but it is possible Kit and her brother are the children of Elora Danan, the child Willow was destined to save. Kellyman will play Jade, “a servant who is Kit’s best friend and moral compass.” An unnamed — and as yet uncast — thief will also join the quest to save Kit’s brother. Deadline suggests he may echo Val Kilmer‘s character from the film, Mad Martigan.
Jon M. Chu is set to direct the pilot and will serve as an executive producer. Solo: A Star Wars Story‘s Jonathan Kasdan and Arrow‘s Wendy Mericle will serve as showrunners. Original Willow director Ron Howard will also serve as an executive producer.
The story prompt in the character descriptions above suggests a very different Willow continuation from the one executed by Chris Claremont and George Lucas in the Chronicles of the Shadow War novel series. There, the focus switched to Elora Danan. Now a petulant teen, she chafes under the weight of her destiny and seems more a spoiled brat than the legend Willow was told she would become. But as her realm is threatened by The Deceiver, Willow returns to her side with a new name, Thorn. As we suggested up top, it is entirely possible Kit and her brother represent a second generation of special children Willow must aid.
It is unclear when production will begin on the pilot, but the series seems to be fast-tracked for a possible 2022 debut.