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Warwick Davis ‘sincerely hopes’ Val Kilmer will return for Willow TV sequel series

Could we see Warwick Davis and Val Kilmer reunite in the Willow TV series? (Picture: Getty/Rex)

Warwick Davis has expressed his hope that Val Kilmer will return to play swordsman Madmartigan in the upcoming Willow TV series.

Last month, it was announced that Warwick, 50, will be reprising the role of Willow Ufgood in a new TV show on Disney Plus, having first played the character in the 1988 fantasy film Willow.

The film follows the journey of young Willow, a farmer who is drawn into a dangerous adventure in an effort to protect a baby who is being sought after by an evil queen.

The TV sequel series is the first non-Star Wars story to be developed by Lucasfilm since 2015, with the film’s director, Ron Howard, on board as executive producer.

While there is no word yet on who else will be joining Warwick in the cast, the Harry Potter and Star Wars actor said he is hopeful his former co-star, Val, will appear in the series.

Speaking to, Warwick said he ‘personally’ hopes the Top Gun star will join the project.

Warwick first starred as titular character Willow in the 1988 film (Picture: Lucasfilm/Kobal/REX)

‘Val and I have kept in touch throughout the years,’ he said, recalling a special episode of Ricky Gervais’ series Life’s Too Short, which featured him and Val addressing the possibility of a Willow sequel.

‘It’s quite poignant right now. Val and I often talked about doing something together again, how much we enjoyed working with each other. And so to reunite on screen for us, I think it would be a joy for us to do, and also for the audience to see.’

Warwick shared his belief that audiences would ‘love to see characters they know and love back together again.’

‘There’s no official word on it, but I really do sincerely hope we can get Val back on screen again with me. And some of the actors as well from the movie, that would be wonderful,’ he stated.

Warwick recalled how strenuous filming on Willow was when he was 17 years old, saying that if the TV series is ‘anything like the movie, it’s going to exhaust me physically and mentally, because it’s a tough project’.

Warwick was 17 when he filmed the movie (Picture: Lucasfilm/Kobal/REX)

‘The only reason I got through it before, for me, was down to Ron Howard the director and Val Kilmer. Because between the both of them, they didn’t let me feel the pressure of this,’ he recollected.

‘Nowadays, to head up and be the title character of a movie, I would feel the pressure of that. But at 17 I was just like, ‘Well this is quite a laugh this.’’

Warwick said that his co-star Val ‘kept it really light for me’, saying that they ‘had a lot of fun, even though we were freezing and tired most of the time’.

‘It was like we really went into battle. It was a great adventure for me, on and off screen.’

Warwick’s latest project is an animated tale called Master Moley: By Royal Invitation, in which he voices the lead character Master Moley and serves as an executive producer.

Master Moley: By Royal Invitation (Boomerang)

The animation, based on stories by James Reatchlous, follows a mole who lives in MoleTown, a burrow located underneath Windsor Castle.

The festive special, which also features the vocal talents of Gemma Arterton, Charles Dance, Julie Walters and Richard E Grant, follows Moley as he becomes the keeper of a magical book, his journey leading him to a party being hosted at the royal residence.

While speaking about the project, Warwick emphasised the significance of ‘storytelling’, saying that it’s an ‘important skill that’s in danger of getting lost sometimes’.

‘Normally storytime is a time for a child to relax and go to sleep, but my stories were so animated and I performed them so well that kids didn’t want to sleep, they were wide awake at the end of it. I felt more tired than they did,’ he said.

‘I think it’s an important thing that we still can do for kids, share our imaginations with them, because it also inspires them.’

Master Moley: By Royal Invitation will air 28th November at 9am on Boomerang.


Credit: Original article published here.

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