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Forget all you know and lose yourself in the first trailer for Willow

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Warwick Davis is returning because the Nelwyn dwarf sorcerer within the new Disney+ sequence Willow.

The 1988 fantasy movie Willow was under-appreciated in its day, nevertheless it’s now a fantasy cult traditional. Disney+ is betting on the energy of its nostalgic attraction with the brand new fantasy sequence Willow, set a long time after the occasions of the primary movie. And now we now have an official trailer, which debuted at D23 Expo.

As we have reported previously, the unique Willow was directed by Ron Howard, and it advised the story of a kid with a rune birthmark who was prophesied to deliver in regards to the downfall of the evil sorceress Queen Bavmorda. The kid was set afloat on a grass raft and located by a village of little individuals (the Nelwyn). A Nelwyn dwarf sorcerer named Willow led a celebration to discover a neighborhood of Daikini (tall individuals) to lift the newborn. Many magical adventures ensued.

The Oscar-nominated movie debuted to blended essential evaluations however made an honest exhibiting on the field workplace, incomes $137.6 million globally—despite the fact that it by no means grew to become the blockbuster hit producer George Lucas had hoped it could be. Lucas and Davis had mentioned the potential of a sequel sequence as early as 2005, however Disney+ did not give the undertaking the inexperienced mild till October 2020, with Howard on board as an government producer.

On a rescue mission.
Enlarge / On a rescue mission.

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The sequence appears to be like and appears like a promising return to that world. Amongst different constructive indicators, Warwick Davis is returning because the Nelwyn dwarf sorcerer Willow Ufgood. (Davis was on stage for the trailer’s introduction at D23 Expo.) The official synopsis describes the sequence as “an epic interval fantasy sequence with a contemporary sensibility set in an enchanted land of breathtaking magnificence”—so, very a lot in the identical vein as the unique movie. It continues:

The story started with an aspiring magician from a Nelwyn village and an toddler lady destined to unite the realms, who collectively helped destroy an evil queen and banish the forces of darkness. Now, in a magical world the place brownies, sorcerers, trolls, and different mystical creatures flourish, the journey continues, as an unlikely group of heroes set off on a harmful quest to locations far past their dwelling, the place they have to face their interior demons and are available collectively to save their world.

Along with the return of Davis, Joanne Whalley is again as Sorsha, daughter of the defeated Queen Bavmorda from the unique movie, and an completed warrior in her personal proper. Kevin Pollak reprises his position because the brownie Rool, who brings a little bit of levity to the proceedings. Alas, Val Kilmer has been recovering from throat most cancers and thus could not come again as mercenary swordsman Madmartigan. However we discovered from the panelists that Christian Slater will be part of the forged as a good friend of the swordsman, described merely as “a personality aiding quest.” So Madmartigan will likely be there in spirit.

Hey, it's Kevin Pollak reprising his role as Rool the brownie.
Enlarge / Hey, it is Kevin Pollak reprising his position as Rool the brownie.

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The brand new characters embody Erin Kellyman as a servant named Jade, who’s coaching to turn into a warrior; Ruby Cruz as Jade’s greatest good friend Equipment, daughter of Sorsha, who assembles a celebration to rescue her twin brother; Ellie Bamber as a kitchen maid named Dove; and Amar Chadha-Patel as a thief named Boorman, who’s promised his freedom in change for serving to the occasion. Ralph Ineson performs Commander Ballantine, Adwoa Aboah performs Scorpia, Kenny Knight performs Keene, Alexis Rodney performs Lachlan, Charlie Rawes performs Toth, and Talisa Garcia performs a queen and mom of the as-yet-unnamed character performed by Tony Revolori. Dempsey Bryk and Rosabell Laurenti Sellers have been forged in undisclosed roles.

The trailer opens with a mysterious voiceover: “You suppose you understand what’s actual and what is not. What’s mild, what’s darkish. Now overlook all you understand. Include me.” Reduce to Sorsha saying “Willow.” She sends Equipment to hunt out the sorcerer and ask for his assist in rescuing her kidnapped son, as a result of the world as soon as once more wants his magic. After all Willow agrees to assist, main them “past the sting of our world into the unknown.” There is a anonymous enemy on the market, “rallying the forces of evil,” Willow says. “And the one factor standing in his path is us.”

Pollak’s temporary look as Rool—and may that be Franjean with him?—was the clear spotlight for me. He is delighted to see his outdated pal Willow once more and mainly mimes the narrative arc of the primary film: “Similar to outdated occasions. Working! Horses! Mayhem! Mayhem! Completely satisfied kissy ending!” Yep, that about sums it up. And it appears to be like just like the sequence will serve up loads extra of the identical.

Willow debuts on Disney+ on November 30, 2022.

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