It seems that things are not progressing as expected for the wait Willow TV series, who has now announced the loss of another director.
Willow’s TV series changes director again
Last January it was announced that Jon M. Chu (Crazy Rich Asians, In the Heights) had resigned from the role of director due to the continuous blockages in the United Kingdom caused by the pandemic, but also due to the arrival of a new baby and the overly burdensome commitment to moving the production. He had immediately taken over Jonathan Entwistle (The End of the F *** ing World, I Am Not Okay With This), who should have handled the pilot (filming is underway in Bridgend, Wales).
Now, however, Deadline revealed that Entwistle resigned and was replaced by Stephen Woolfenden.
Woolfenden has directed various episodes of television shows ranging from Outlander to Doctor Who, but he also worked as a second unit director on Detective Pikachu, both films by Fantastic Beasts, the last four films of Harry Potter, The Legend of Tarzan (and we could go on and on). Not exactly the latest, but certainly struggling with his first real important project as a protagonist.
According to the report, Entwistle left the project as early as last April and its release had no impact on production schedules. Woolfenden was already tied to the project as a production director, and it was revealed that, in fact, he was the one who shot the first two episodes of the upcoming series on Disney +.
Willow details and cast
Warwick Davis is now on the set of the show and we know the names of will also join him Ellie Bamber, Erin Kellyman is Tony Revolori.
The plot we know will be a sequel to the story told in the film. This should narrate the adventure of Dove (Bamber), a maid who proves to be the “chosen one”, and embarks on a journey with a group of adventurers. She is joined by Kit, a princess whose twin brother has been kidnapped. Kit is destined to be a leader as well as the future queen. Kellyman instead plays Jade, a servant who is Kit’s best friend and moral compass.
Ron Howard is involved in the project along with Bob Dolman, the author of the film, Kathleen Kennedy is Michelle Rejwan. Jonathan Kasdan (Solo: A Star Wars Story) is the executive producer of the series and wrote the script for the first episode with Wendy Mericle.