Val Kilmer will have a presence in the impending Willow series for Disney+, its star Warwick Davis and executive producer Jonathan Kasdan said.
Addressing Yahoo Entertainment as a feature of the variety of Star Wars Celebration events this previous week in Anaheim, the pair made sense of how Kilmer will play a role in the TV sequel of the 1988 movie, directed by Ron Howard and produced by George Lucas.
“Val’s a huge part of this, and the first conversation I had, when Warwick and I got the green light to do this, was with Val,” Kasdan said. “We wanted his character to be a part of the story. We wanted him to be in the show.”
The Top Gun: Maverick star depicted the deuteragonist of the film, Madmartigan, a shamed knight who experiences Davis’ Willow Ufgood and in the long run assists him with safeguarding a newborn child bound to stop the malicious rule of sorceress Bavmorda, named the Demon Queen.
Kasdan noticed that the actor couldn’t film with the show, yet all the same guaranteed he’s required “in a big way.”
“Because we were shooting during [the COVID-19 lockdowns], he wasn’t able to come to Wales and shoot with us. But he is in the show in a big way. And we’re pretty excited about it,” the executive producer said. “Madmartigan lives on.”
During the show’s Star Wars Celebration board on Thursday, as per Comic Book, Kasdan expounded a touch more on how Kilmer’s character will exist in the series.
“Val has been in communication with Joann [Whalley] and I and Madmartigan is a character in the story and what we didn’t get to shoot with him on Season 1, we’ve made him a major figure in the story,” he said.
Addressing Yahoo, Davis called his Willow co-star “a terrific guy,” and shared that Kilmer’s “spirit is very much with the series.”
“I still attribute me getting through the film to Val. He kept my spirits up when conditions were really treacherous and difficult. I was cold, wet, tired. He kept me laughing, kept the whole thing fun.”
On Thursday, Disney appeared the primary trailer for the TV sequel, set 20 years after the first film. Davis gets back to the nominal job, with Ellie Bamber, Erin Kellyman, Tony Revolori and Cailee Spaeny joining the franchise as leading cast members. The series follows a far-fetched group of heroes as they set off on a perilous mission where they will face their inward evil spirits and meet up to save their magical world full of brownies, sorcerers, trolls, and other mystical creatures.