Val Kilmer’s Madmartigan will be back in the Willow Disney+ sequel series

Val Kilmer’s Madmartigan will be back in the upcoming Disney+ show Willow, which is a TV series sequel to the 1988 fantasy movie of the same name.

In an interview with Yahoo Entertainment, executive producer Jonathan Kasdan and returning star Warwick Davis confirmed that the 62-year-old actor, who played the heroic warrior in the original film, will be featured in the upcoming series.

‘Val’s a huge part of this, and the first conversation I had, when Warwick and I got the greenlight to do this, was with Val,’ Jonathan told Yahoo.

‘Madmartigan lives on’: Val Kilmer’s Madmartigan will be back in the upcoming Disney+ show Willow, which is a TV series sequel to the 1988 fantasy movie of the same name. Seen in 2019

He continued, ‘We wanted his character to be a part of the story. We wanted him to be in the show.’

The Solo: A Star Wars Story writer explained that Val was not able to join the cast during production due to the COVID-19 lockdowns but said that the star is in the show ‘in a big way’.

Kasdan, 42, said, ‘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.

He's back: In an interview with Yahoo Entertainment, executive producer Jonathan Kasdan and returning star Warwick Davis confirmed that the 62-year-old actor, who played the heroic warrior in the original film, will be featured in the upcoming series

He’s back: In an interview with Yahoo Entertainment, executive producer Jonathan Kasdan and returning star Warwick Davis confirmed that the 62-year-old actor, who played the heroic warrior in the original film, will be featured in the upcoming series

‘And we’re pretty excited about it. … Madmartigan lives on.’

The original film was directed by Ron Howard and produced by George Lucas. It starred Warwick as Willow Ufgood, a Nelwyn dwarf and aspiring sorcerer, who was tasked with protecting the infant Elora Danan (Kate and Ruth Greenfield) so she can fulfill a prophecy and end the rule of the evil Queen Bavmorda (Jean Marsh).

Along the way, Willow crosses paths with disgraced knight Madmartigan, who eventually joins the dwarf’s quest.

‘Val’s spirit is very much with the series,’ Warwick told Yahoo Entertainment.

The story: The original movie starred Warwick as Willow Ufgood, a Nelwyn dwarf and aspiring sorcerer, who was tasked with protecting the infant Elora Danan (Kate and Ruth Greenfield) so she can fulfill a prophecy and end the rule of the evil Queen Bavmorda ( John Marsh).  Along the way, Willow crosses paths with disgraced knight Madmartigan, who eventually joins the dwarf's quest

The story: The original movie starred Warwick as Willow Ufgood, a Nelwyn dwarf and aspiring sorcerer, who was tasked with protecting the infant Elora Danan (Kate and Ruth Greenfield) so she can fulfill a prophecy and end the rule of the evil Queen Bavmorda ( John Marsh). Along the way, Willow crosses paths with disgraced knight Madmartigan, who eventually joins the dwarf’s quest

'Val's spirit is very much with the series,' Warwick told Yahoo Entertainment.  Seen in 2019

‘Val’s spirit is very much with the series,’ Warwick told Yahoo Entertainment. Seen in 2019

The 52-year-old Star Wars actor also discussed his longtime friendship with Val, who he credits with helping him get through filming Willow.

‘[Val and I] have been in touch since we made the movie, and we’re good friends and he’s a terrific guy,’ he told Yahoo. ‘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.’

'Val's a huge part of this, and the first conversation I had, when Warwick and I got the greenlight to do this, was with Val,' Jonathan told Yahoo.  Pictured in May 2022

‘Val’s a huge part of this, and the first conversation I had, when Warwick and I got the greenlight to do this, was with Val,’ Jonathan told Yahoo. Pictured in May 2022

Back in the spotlight: Val's ex-wife Joanne Whalley, who played his love interest Princess Sorsha in the original movie, is also reprising her role in the Disney+ TV series

Back in the spotlight: Val’s ex-wife Joanne Whalley, who played his love interest Princess Sorsha in the original movie, is also reprising her role in the Disney+ TV series

New cast member Ruby Cruz, who plays Princess Kit, told Yahoo that Madmartigan is ‘part of the show in a very big way for my character’.

Val’s ex-wife Joanne Whalley, who played his love interest Princess Sorsha in the original movie, is also reprising her role in the Disney+ TV series.

Val and Joanne, who fell in love while filming Willow, were married from 1988 until 1996. They share daughter Mercedes, 30, and son Jack, 26.

On Thursday, the 60-year-old actress attended the Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim, California to participate in a panel discussion about Willow.

Upcoming: The tv series sequel to Willow will premiere November 30, 2002, exclusively on Disney+

Upcoming: The tv series sequel to Willow will premiere November 30, 2002, exclusively on Disney+

The cast: Ron Howard, Ruby Cruz, Jon Kasdan, Warwick Davis, Joanne Whalley, Ellie Bamber and Erin Kellyman attend the studio showcase panel at Star Wars Celebration

The cast: Ron Howard, Ruby Cruz, Jon Kasdan, Warwick Davis, Joanne Whalley, Ellie Bamber and Erin Kellyman attend the studio showcase panel at Star Wars Celebration

According to Comic Book, Jonathan spoke about Val’s involvement during the panel discussion and shed some additional light on how Madmartigan will be included 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.

The series, which takes place 20 years after the original movie, will also star Erin Kellyman, Ellie Bamber, Tony Revolori, Rosabell Laurenti Sellers, Talisa Garcia, Dempsey Bryk and Amar Chadha-Patel.

Love on set: Val and Joanne, who fell in love while filming Willow, were married from 1988 until 1996.

Love on set: Val and Joanne, who fell in love while filming Willow, were married from 1988 until 1996.

Willow will premiere November 30, 2002, exclusively on Disney+.

Val was diagnosed with throat cancer in 2015 and went public with his health struggles in 2017.

The Tombstone star underwent a tracheostomy in 2016 that permanently damaged his vocal cords and made it for him to difficult to speak though he is now cancer-free.

In 2021, his life and career was featured in Leo Scott and Ting Poo’s documentary Val.

Val was also a producer of the documentary, which candidly showcased his battle with throat cancer.

The actor, who co-starred along with Tom Cruise in the 1986 classic Top Gun, recently reprized his role in the 2022 sequel Top Gun: Maverick.

Cancer battle: Val was diagnosed with throat cancer in 2015 and went public with his health struggles in 2017. The Tombstone star underwent a tracheostomy in 2016 that permanently damaged his vocal cords and made it for him to difficult to speak.  Seen in 2019

Cancer battle: Val was diagnosed with throat cancer in 2015 and went public with his health struggles in 2017. The Tombstone star underwent a tracheostomy in 2016 that permanently damaged his vocal cords and made it for him to difficult to speak. Seen in 2019

Back in action: The actor, who co-starred along with Tom Cruise in the 1986 classic Top Gun, recently reprized his role in the 2022 sequel Top Gun: Maverick

Back in action: The actor, who co-starred along with Tom Cruise in the 1986 classic Top Gun, recently reprized his role in the 2022 sequel Top Gun: Maverick

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