A well-known brownie appears in the delicious new ‘Willow’ trailer

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One of the shows I’m most looking forward to in all of 2022 is the new live-action Willow heading to Disney+ in November. It’s actually an early Christmas present.

I loved Willow as a child and still. I consider it one of my formative fantasy films, and its influence on my taste in all things fantasy is right up there. The Lord of the Rings, The Prydain Chronicles, Dragonlance and The Last Unicorn.

Anyway, it was the cast of great characters that made Willow so wonderful. Sure, it was a derivative story that obviously cut Lucas off of Tolkien (as he borrowed liberally from Frank Herbert’s Dune in front of Star Wars) but it was so charming with such a great reckless adventure, I really don’t care. i think of Willow like a masterful mashup of Indiana Jones and The Lord of the Rings.

Plus, it’s funny and heartwarming – two things that are often missing from a lot of modern fantasy, which either falls squarely into the grim category or is so caught up in looking fantastic and epic that the script takes a back seat.

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The new Willow looks magical and whimsical in the right way. Of course it’s a shame that Val Kilmer’s roguish swordsman Madmartigan doesn’t make an appearance, but we do get some members of the old cast, including Warwick Davis’ titular wizard Joanne Whalley’s Sorsha (I was so in love with Sorsha as a kid) and -happiest surprises-Kevin Pollack’s hilarious Brownie, Rool (but no Franjean?)

Other protagonists include Ruby Cruz (Kit), Erin Kellyman (Jade), Ellie Bamber (Dove), Dempsey Bryk (Airk), Amar Chadha-Patel (Boorman), and Tony Revolori (Graydon). Christian Slater also joins the cast, which is pretty fun. The last show I saw him on was Mr Robot which I enjoyed immensely. In this setting he will of course think of his role as Will Scarlett in Robin Hood.

The trailer pretty much captures everything I want from a return to the fabulous land of Andowyne. Swashbuckling adventure, the emergence of a dreaded new evil, a colorful cast of interesting characters and plenty of humor (including a funny bit about being trapped in a tent, which matched Madmartigan’s various romantic faux pas).

Willow coming to Disney+ on November 30. I’ll be sure to review this one – and please, dear gods of fantasy adaptations, I pray to you: make it right.

You can watch the first Willow trailer here. Are you excited about the new show? Trepidative? Let me know on Twitter or Facebook.

Here are some screenshots of the new trailer:

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