Willow Disney + Sequence needs Spider-Man star Tony Revolori to star
Spider-Man series star Tony Revolori is in talks for a lead role in the Willow TV show, the upcoming sequel to the classic fantasy film in the works of Disney +. The new series comes from Jonathan Kasdan, who wrote the pilot episode and co-showrunner with Wendy Mericle in collaboration with original film director Ron Howard and writer Bob Dolman. Lucasfilm, the studio behind the film, is also behind the Disney + series, though both Lucasfilm and Disney refused to comment on the story.
The Willow series takes place decades after the events of the original film, and the show would follow a group on a mission to rescue a kidnapped prince. Although Warwick Davis will return as the title character Willow Ufgood, the series will also feature several original characters, played by a brand new cast. In addition to Revolori, Ellie Bamber, Cailee Spaeny and Erin Kellyman were seen in the main cast.
By Deadline, the new Willow characters include Dove (Bamber), a humble kitchen maid whose backstory is very similar to the original Willow. As the “Chosen One”, Dove is accompanied by Kit (Spaeny), the twin sister of the prince whose brother was kidnapped, and Jade (Kellyman), a servant and Kit’s best friend who serves as the group’s moral compass. A thief and liar named Boorman, reminiscent of Val Kilmer’s character in the original, is also part of the group, although it’s not clear if this is the role Revolori plays in the negotiations to portray it.
Tony Revolori is perhaps best known for playing Flash Thompson in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. He made his debut as the character alongside Tom Holland as Peter Parker in Spider-Man: Homecoming 2017, and later repeated the role in the 2019 sequel Spider-Man: Far From Home. He will also play the role in the third Spider-Man MCU film replay currently being filmed in Georgia. The untitled sequel is due to hit cinemas on December 17, 2021.
In addition to Spider-Man 3, Revolori is also tied to Wes Anderson’s comedy drama The French Dispatch, which will also be released this year. The actor is part of a cast that includes names like Benicio del Toro, Adrian Brody, Tilda Swinton, Timothée Chalamet, Frances McDormand and Jeffrey Wright. It’s the second time Revolori has worked with Anderson, as previously directed by the filmmaker at the Grand Budapest Hotel.
Released in 1988, Willow’s original film has built a strong following in the decades since its release and is considered one of the most popular fantasy films ever made. Conceived by George Lucas, the film was written by Bob Dolman and directed by Ron Howard. It follows Warwick Davis as Willow, a farmer who must go on a quest to save a baby from an evil queen who vows to destroy it and take over the world.
A release date for the Willow series on Disney + has not yet been set, but the plan is for it to be out sometime in 2022. Filming will take place in Wales this year. This message comes to us from Deadline.
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