In a scene from Disney+ Original series Willow, the stars of the series stand with their backs toward the viewers as they stare at a large body of water. From left to right stand actors Warwick Davis as Willow Ufgood, Tony Revolori as Graydon, Amar Chadha-Patel as Boorman, Ellie Bamber as Dove, Ruby Cruz as Kit, and Erin Kellyman as Jade. Davis holds a wooden staff in his right hand and wears a maroon cape, olive pants, and brown leather backpack. Revolori wears black knee-high boots, black pants, a black long-sleeved top, and a charcoal hooded vest. Chadha-Patel wears brown boots, brown pants, a green hooded long-sleeved top, and has a large metal weapon slung across his back. Bamber wears a purple skirt and green knitted sweater with two long strands cascading to the wet sand. Cruz wears a dark long-sleeved top, black pants, black knee-high boots, and a leather corset. Cruz holds a sword in her right hand. Kellyman wears olive pants, black knee-high boots, a gray long-sleeved top with a maroon short-sleeved top, and a brown leather vest. Kellyman holds a saber in her left hand.

Meet the Characters of Willow, a New Disney+ Original Series

By Andie Hagemann

It’s time to return to the fantastical land of Andowyne. From Lucasfilm comes Willow, an all-new series based on Disney Legend George Lucas’ 1988 fantasy-adventure film of the same name. A continuation of the original story, the series picks up 20 years after the events of the film as the aspiring sorcerer Willow (Warwick Davis) is called upon to embark on another epic journey with an unlikely band of heroes to save their world from evil forces. Below is everything you need to know before you dive into the new series, streaming Wednesday, November 30, on Disney+.

In a scene from Disney+ Original series Willow, actor Warwick Davis portrays Willow Ufgood. He holds a large wooden staff adorned with intricate carved embellishments. He wears a blue, long-sleeved tunic and olive utility vest. He stands in a densely populated forest next to a large tree covered in green moss and vines.

Willow Ufgood (Warwick Davis)
Davis returns as the aspiring sorcerer Willow Ufgood, who embarked on a harrowing journey to protect infant empress Elora Danan and save Andowyne from the evil Queen Bavmorda. Now, Willow is the High Aldwyn of the Nelwyn people, and still dining out on his success. Davis, who originally portrayed Willow when he was 17 years old, says he has an all-new perspective returning to the character decades later.

“You become more experienced, more worldly, and as an actor, you become better at what you do,” Davis explains. “So, all those things added really give the character a lot more weight, and he certainly carries a lot more emotional weight in the series. Looking back at the movie, that was easy compared to what we must deal with in the series. So, for me, it was a really rewarding experience coming back to this character.”

In a scene from Disney+ Original series Willow, actor Ellie Bamber portrays Dove. She wears a green knitted sweater draped across her shoulders. Behind her is a lush, green forest with tall trees covered in moss and ivy.

Dove (Ellie Bamber)
Actress Ellie Bamber portrays Dove, an innocent and naïve—but also tenacious and resourceful—kitchen maid who works in the castle at Tir Asleen. “Dove is a young woman who has not had a lot of advantages in her upbringing,” executive producer Ron Howard explains. “She works in the kitchen just to get by, but there is a yearning, a sense that she hasn’t found herself yet. And other people can kind of feel that about her as well. During the series, we learn a lot about her, and some things are revealed that are quite surprising but also really propel the story forward in this search to face a new evil and the new level of danger.”

Adds Bamber, “She has a lot of stuff figured out internally, but she still has so much more to figure out, and one day, with the help of all the others, will figure out a way to save the world. And I love the fact that it is something they must do together, because they can’t do it without each other.”

In a scene from Disney+ Original series Willow, Ruby Cruz portrays Kit. She wears a black overcoat and leather quiver over her shoulders. Actors Erin Kellyman as Jade and Amar Chadha-Patel as Boorman stand behind Cruz. They all stand in a dense, green forest with tall, moss-covered trees.Kit (Ruby Cruz)
Kit is portrayed by actress Ruby Cruz. During the series, viewers will watch the spirited and willful young princess be faced with many difficult choices. Unfortunately, she thinks she is more resilient than she is and knows more than she does.

“I think at the core of it, she is just trying to figure out who she is,” says Cruz. “At the beginning of the series, she thinks she has a strong sense of who she is, but that’s all broken down. She is stripped of her identity and a lot of her ego that has been holding her back, and she finally learns she’s not the only person in the world.”

In a scene from Disney+ Original series Willow, Erin Kellyman portrays Jade. She sits atop a black horse and looks to her left as she rides through a stone archway. She wears a maroon top, a gray long-sleeved T-shirt, a black quilted cape, and a black scarf that is draped over her shoulders. Behind Kellyman is actor Tony Revolori as Graydon. He also sits atop a horse and wears a brown fur overcoat.

Jade (Erin Kellyman)
Actress Erin Kellyman portrays Jade, who works in the stables at the castle in Tir Asleen. She’s a good-natured, trustworthy, and accomplished swordswoman who dreams of becoming a knight of the Shining Legion.

“I think Jade been the character that I’ve put the most work into,” Kellyman says. “Me and [executive producer and writer] Jon [Kasdan] had the time to really go back into her past, [which helped me] understand her a bit more. I really can’t wait for people to see her.”

In a scene from Disney+ Original series Willow, actor Tony Revolori portrays Graydon. He sits atop a large black horse and looks to his right as he holds the leather reins. He wears a dark blue tunic and black overcoat with black pants. Behind him is a green, grassy hill with small gray boulders.

Graydon (Tony Revolori)
Actor Tony Revolori plays the sensitive, timid, and fiercely intelligent Graydon. “He’s an off-balance, awkward guy who needs to go on this mission just to prove himself as worthy of greater responsibility in the realm,” Revolori says.

In a scene from Disney+ Original series Willow, actor Amar Chadha-Patel portrays Boorman. He sits atop a large black horse and looks to his right. He wears a tan long-sleeved top, brown overcoat, and matching brown scarf draped across his shoulders. Behind him is a blurred gray and light blue sky.

Boorman (Amar Chadha-Patel)
A roguish warrior with a mysterious past, Boorman is portrayed by actor Amar Chadha-Patel. Tall and strapping, Boorman is irreverent, quick-witted, and loves to tell tall tales (some of which are even true).

“Boorman is a rogue but very capable,” says Howard. “He’s got a lot of swagger, but he’s also a little full of it. Amar plays this character with such humor, and you believe that he has somehow navigated the world, stealing this and protecting that. Who knows how he has made it this far? But we start to understand the heart that beats underneath all of that. Amar brings some of what Val Kilmer brought to [the] Willow [film]—not just the swagger, but that ability to be both classic and mythic, and yet also hip, loose, and unpredictable.”

In a scene from Disney+ Original series Willow, actor Dempsey Bryk portrays Airk. He stands in front of a stone wall with his hands resting on his left hip. He wears a sheer brown blouse with peach and tan flowers, black pants with white stripes, and silver necklaces and rings.

Prince Airk (Dempsey Bryk)
Actor Dempsey Bryk plays Airk, a confident and handsome prince, who is also Kit’s twin brother. While they frequently argue with each other, deep down they care for one another and will always defend each other.

“We knew we needed a contemporary version of a charming fairytale prince,” says Kasdan. “We met a lot of very proper British actors—you know, very manicured men—and then Dempsey, this fun Canadian kid, showed up in one of the tapes and was so original and fresh. We all knew we could not pass him up.”

In a scene from Disney+ Original series Willow, actor Joanne Whalley portrays Sorsha. She stands on stone steps and surrounded by four men wearing metal armor and maroon tunics. She wears a purple blouse and a cardinal maxi skirt with maroon and gold fabric wrapping her waist and draping down her side. They stand in front of a tall stone archway with a gravel pathway in front of them.

Sorsha (Joanne Whalley)
In addition to Davis, actress Joanne Whalley reprises her role as Sorsha. Now the Queen of Tir Asleen, Sorsha is known for her beauty and composure, but also her skills as a warrior and her insight into the strategies of warfare.

“When I got the role in the original film, I was overjoyed because it was such a great story and an opportunity to be a real heroine,” says Whalley. “Now, there are a lot of powerful female figures in cinema, but there were not that many at the time. Sorsha is fantastic because she’s just who she is. She is not trying to be anyone else, and she does everything that she loves, just as a matter of course. And so, I love the matter-of-factness of Sorsha. She is very real.”

Whalley adds, “I talked to Jon and Ron when the possibility of this came up, and the great thing is that they completely got her. What they came up with was an entirely natural progression. It feels entirely natural to be wielding my sword again and ordering people around, so nothing has changed, really—only the circumstances.”

Allagash (Christian Slater)
While Kilmer will not return as Madmartigan in the series, actor Christian Slater joins the cast as Allagash, a friend of the mercenary who will aid Willow’s band of warriors on their journey.

“We added this texture of a friend of Madmartigan’s who could give us some clues about his whereabouts and deepen the mystery around what happened to him in a way that only extended the story we were telling,” says Kasdan. “It was very satisfying, and it provided an opportunity for us to add a whole new element that we didn’t expect to the show.”