Willow hit the big-screen back in 1988, and now some 34 years on, the character is heading to streaming via a Disney+ show. This is everything you need to know about the Willow episodes’ release.
Thanks to some big-name creatives behind-the-scenes, the Willow movie was huge news in 1988. George Lucas came up with the story and produced, while Ron Howard directed.
But in spite of a big budget, cutting edge special effects, and entertaining turns from the likes of Val Kilmer as a swashbuckling hero and Warwick Davis as the lovable title character, the film received tepid reviews, and in spite of solid business at the box office, Willow didn’t get a sequel.
Until now that is, as in just a few days, Disney+ is launching a follow-up series that features characters both old and new.
How many Willow episodes are there? Disney+ release schedule
There are eight episodes in the Willow series. The first two episodes stream on November 30. Then the next six drop at weekly intervals. Here’s how the Disney+ release schedule looks…
- November 30: Episodes 1 and Episode 2
- December 7: Episode 3
- December 14: Episode 4
- December 21: Episode 5
- December 28: Episode 6
- January 4: Episode 7
- January 11: Episode 8
What is Willow about?
Here’s the official synopsis for the belated Willow sequel…
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The story began with an aspiring magician from a Nelwyn village and an infant girl destined to unite the realms, who together helped destroy an evil queen and banish the forces of darkness.
Now, in a magical world where brownies, sorcerers, trolls, and other mystical creatures flourish, the adventure continues, as an unlikely group of heroes set off on a dangerous quest to places far beyond their home, where they must face their inner demons and come together to save their world.
Who is in the Disney+ series?
Here’s a cast list for the new Willow series…
- Warwick Davis as Willow Ufgood
- Ruby Cruz as Kit
- Erin Kellyman as Jade
- Ellie Bamber as Dove
- Tony Revolori as Graydon
- Amar Chadha-Patel as Boorman
- Dempsey Bryk as Arik
- Joanne Whalley as Sorsha
Val Kilmer’s Madmartigan is said to “live on” on the series, though we don’t yet know how.
Willow debuts on Disney+ on November 30, when we’ll be posting reviews of the first two episodes.