Warwick Davis returns as a titled sorcerer; Joan Whalley also returned as Sorsha, the daughter of Queen Bavmorda, Willow’s defeated enemy from the film. Rule (Kevin Pollack) is ecstatic to see his old friend in the trailer dancing gleefully outside his house with a woman who looks too young to be his wife, Kiaya (Julie Peters).
Tall Aldwyn (Billy Barty) and Queen Bavmorda (Jean Marsh) are missing from the trailer; Barty died in 2000 and Marsh’s character was killed off at the end of the film. Madmartigan (Val Kilmer) is also nowhere to be seen – COVID initially prevented Kilmer from filming and Entertainment Weekly revealed that throat cancer ultimately prevented him from resurrecting the character.
The contingent of young people who enlist Willow’s support are played by actors who weren’t even born when the original film premiered. They include Sorsha’s daughter Keith (Ruby Cruz), Keith’s best friend Jade (Erin Kellyman), and a remorseful thief named Burman (Amer Chadha-Patel). The brave Burman is featured prominently in the trailer, which also includes the required amount of fencing, castles, and dungeons. But it’s Rule that gives us all a clue as to what to expect from the series. joyfully exclaiming Willow“Like the good old days! Ha! Run! Horses! Mayhem! Mayhem! Happy ending with kisses.”