Last month, we learned that Lucasfilm’s upcoming “Willow” series for Disney+ had added Outlander director Stephen Woolfenden. At that time, it was unknown how many episodes he would direct, but new information suggests he will at least direct the first two episodes which have reportedly been completed.
According to Deadline, Woolfenden took over for Jonathan Entwistle, who had signed up for the job in late January, calling it “a dream come true.” Entwistle then had to leave the project in April due to scheduling conflicts. The series was originally going to be directed by Jon M. Chu (In the Heights) who also had to exit due to scheduling concerns.
“Willow”, set decades after Ron Howard’s 1988 movie, continues the spirit of adventure, heroics and humor of the original film. Warwick Davis will return in the role of the great sorcerer, Willow Ufgood. Amer Chadha-Patel (Aladdin), Ruby Cruz (Mare of Easttown), Erin Kellyman (The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, Solo: A Star Wars Story), Ellie Bamber (Nocturnal Animals), Tony Revolori (Spider-Man: Far From Home), and Cailee Spaeny (The Craft: Legacy) are all set to star alongside Warwick Davis.
Kathleen Kennedy, Michelle Rejwan, Jonathan Kasdan, Wendy Mericle, Ron Howard and Imagine Television will serve as executive producers, with Roopesh Parekh and Hannah Friedman as co-executive producers. Additionally, Bob Dolman will serve as consulting producer with Julia Cooperman as producer.
Filming is currently underway on the 8-episode series in Wales.
“Willow” is slated to premiere on Disney+ in 2022.