‘Willow’ Begins a Fantastic Fight for Diversity

The reason why the 1988 movie Willow, designed and produced by George Lucas, conquered the audience of its time, was to show that a hero did not have to have certain characteristics.

In the 1980s, Warwick Davis played the mighty Willow from an elven village who rescues a girl from a terrible spell.

Living with spondyloepiphyseal dysplasia, a growth bone disorder that leads to dwarfism, Davis therefore departed from stereotypes of the charming prince saving the princess.

Unlike 34 years ago, the theme of inclusivity is now part of the canon, so the serial return of this story is almost an act of artistic justice.

The series, which brought Disney + to the screen on November 30, takes place after the events described in the previous movie. On this occasion, Princess Kit (Ruby Cruz) must rescue her brother, Prince Airk (Dempsey Bryk), who was kidnapped by evil forces during an attack on the fantastical kingdom of Tir Asleen.

She’s not alone, she has a strange guerrilla group led by Willow, also played by Davis: “Both characters challenge stereotypes of what a prince and princess are, so this is a great opportunity,” explains Ruby Cruz. to EL UNIVERSAL, who sees her character as a kind of new Disney princess.

It will feature the Disney+ series, which will premiere on November 30.

Prince Dempsey Byrk, who needs to be saved, admits that times have changed a lot since this project has wreaked havoc on the world with devastating characters.
As a thank you to longtime fans and an opportunity for new young followers, he finally feels it was the best moment to move on – there was an attempt to make a version in 2005.

“We all know how complicated the world is and we want to have a place where we don’t have to forget but where we can look at things through a different lens, have fun and laugh, and I think Willow can see what’s current.” problems and experiences, but with a different vision, more comfortable,” says Bryk.

The young princess in this story meets another heroine to save her twin sister, Dove (Ellie Bamber), a kingdom cook who proves to be the one to face the dangerous feats of salvation.


“We wanted to let the story get messy and let each of our characters embark on a journey of self-discovery and learning. “I’m excited that young people identify with this and see that we make mistakes and learn that it’s okay,” Cruz says.

Airk is a calm and non-violent young man, while Kit is a princess who, like her mother, has all the skills of a warrior and is not afraid of challenges.

“I had to learn to relax a bit, but I also needed to do stunt work and get physically stronger because most of the original Willow’s appeal was stunt fights, so we were practicing at a boot camp every month to get flexible, strong, learn to ride a horse, and more. for a day”, elaborates Bryk.
Tony Revolori (Spider-Man: no homecoming) plays the clumsy, shy and deranged Graydon, who embarks on a mission to save Prince Airk, and he believes the magic of this new story lies in the diversity that exists. its characters.

“I think the reason people still appreciate Willow is the idea that a hero can come out of anywhere. Hollywood isn’t as diverse as it should and should be, so I think this is the perfect time to show it. Undervalued communities can find something to relate to, and I think that’s it. That’s why (Willow) it has stood the test of time.”

Ron Howard, who won an Oscar with A Beautiful Mind in 2001 and directed the first episode, is producing the series and will consist of eight episodes.

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“I’m excited for young people to see that we make mistakes and learn that it’s okay.

In 1988, Willow made a profit; It was not well received at the box office.

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