Interview with Warwick Davis on “Willow”
Warwick Davis as Willow Ufgood leads a group of unlikely heroes on a journey to protect Andowyne from a dangerous enemy as the fantasy adventure of the 1988 film WILLOW continues in the new Disney+ series.
Warwick Davis Talks Bringing “Willow” Back to Life
Anytime an actor revisits a role, there are challenges, whether it is one year later or 35 years later. Warwick Davis talked a bit about the challenges of revisiting his role as Willow Ufgood in the new Disney+ series during the press day for “Willow.”
“For me, you know, the physical challenges of the role. I remember the first time around when I was 17, it was physically quite challenging,” Davis said. “You know, the difficult terrains, the harsh conditions in the mountains of New Zealand. But this time around, I’m now not 17 anymore. Fifty-two, so you know rough terrain, mud, that sort of thing.”
“All of those things were challenging. But yeah, I mean, the rest of the cast there, these, dare I say, young cast, were a great support to me, and immensely helpful getting me through the whole process.”
Davis discussed how having the weight of the responsibility of doing justice to the original material while delivering a series that everyone can enjoy, be it the fans of the original or a new audience base is a lot to have on your mind.
“Having the weight of the fans with me, wanting to do the very best job that we could, and deliver a series that everyone could enjoy—be it the fans of the original and the new audience we hope to bring to this show as well,” Davis said.
“But nonetheless the experience was a fun one, it’s one I look back on with great affection and fondness. What makes projects special are the people, not the material, the characters—it’s the people you work with. You know, this amazing ensemble cast we have here, and Jon [Kasdan] our writer, the various directors we had throughout the series as well. And also the creatives at the top of the ladder, namely Kathleen Kennedy and Ron Howard, as well, presiding over everything. He was kind of like our Yoda, I suppose.”
20 years after vanquishing the wicked queen Bavmorda, the sorcerer Willow Ufgood leads a group of misfits on a dangerous rescue mission into the unknown.
From Lucasfilm and Imagine Entertainment comes “Willow,” an all-new action-adventure series based on George Lucas’ 1988 fantasy-adventure film debuting exclusively on Disney+ November 30, 2022.
The story began when an aspiring sorcerer, played by Warwick Davis, is whisked away
on a journey to protect an infant empress Elora Danan and vanquish the evil Queen Bavmorda from their world of Andowyne.
Now, the story continues with Davis reprising his titular role as he leads an unlikely crew of heroes on a quest to protect Andowyne from an even larger foe than they had imagined possible. “Willow” also stars Ellie Bamber, Ruby Cruz, Erin Kellyman, Tony Revolori, Amar Chadha-Patel, Dempsey Bryk, and Joanne Whalley.
Genre: Action-adventure series
Creator: Jonathan Kasdan
Executive Producers: Kathleen Kennedy, Michelle Rejwan, Jonathan Kasdan, Tommy Harper, Wendy Mericle, Roopesh Parekh, Ron Howard, and Samie Kim Falvey
Writers: John Bickerstaff, Hannah Friedman, and Jonathan Kasdan
Producers: Stephen Woolfenden, Julia Cooperman, Hameed Shaukat, and Max Taylor
Cast: Warwick Davis, Ellie Bamber, Ruby Cruz, Erin Kellyman, Tony Revolori, Amar Chadha-Patel, Dempsey Bryk, Joanne Whalley
“Willow” is now streaming on Disney+.
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