Willow is a 1988 American dark fantasy adventure film directed by Ron Howard and produced by Nigel Wooll. George Lucas executive produced the film, which was written by Bob Dolman from a story by Lucas.
The cast includes Warwick Davis, Val Kilmer, Joanne Whalley, Jean Marsh, and Billy Barty. It follows an aspiring magician (Davis) and a disgruntled warrior (Kilmer) in their unnamed fantasy world as they work together to save a baby from an evil queen (Marsh).
Where Was Willow Filmed?
Willow was filmed in Wales, which is part of the United Kingdom.
The new series’ filming location is similar to the original Willow, which was also shot in Wales in the 1980s.
The sequel series began filming in June 2021 and lasted eight months before wrapping in early 2022.
The central location for the series was Dragon Studios near Bridgend, which is located in South Wales between the cities of Cardiff and Swansea and has five sound stages.
Furthermore, Willow’s production crew is said to have visited Pendine Sands in Carmarthen Bay, Morlais Castle in Ponstarn, the village, and reservoir at Pontsticill, as well as the village of Saundersfoot, and the town of Tenby in Pembrokeshire.
Many outdoor scenes were also shot in Welsh quarries, including Morlais Quarry, Dinorwic Quarry near Llanberis and Dinorwig, and Mynydd Llangynidr Quarry in the Brecon Beacons.
Other Projects Filmed in Wales
Wales has proven to be a hugely popular location with film and TV crews over the years, with IMDb stating that more than 30,000 titles have been filmed in the country.
Some of the most notable productions to have been based in Wales at some point include The Crown, The Last Kingdom, Sex Education, Sherlock, His Dark Materials, Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows, Merlin, and the 2019 Netflix film The King.
Doctor Who has also been largely based in Cardiff since its revival in 2005, with the crew traveling to several neighboring towns and quarries to film exterior scenes.
Willow Release Date and Plot Preview
The Willow TV series will premiere on Disney+ on Wednesday, November 30, 2022, 34 years after the original film was released in theatres.
It has been 20 years in Willow’s world since the events of the first film, which saw Warwick Davis’ character defeat the evil queen Bavmorda.
Now, the Nelwyn sorcerer has returned for a new and dangerous adventure with a motley crew of misfits.
If they are to save their magical world, the unlikely group of six heroes must travel far beyond their homes, confront their inner demons, and band together.
Frequently Asked Questions
Where Was the Willow Series Shot?
(for the Record, Davis’ First Experience With Alcohol Was Drinking Margaritas During the Original “Willow” Shoot in New Zealand.)
Where Was the Willow Waterfall Scene Filmed?
Some of the Waterfall Scenes in the Film Were Shot at Burney Falls in Northern California, Though Powerscourt Waterfall in Ireland Was Also Used for Other Scenes.
How Many Babies Were Used in Willow?
The Original Elora Danan Babies Appear in a Sequel Series as ‘willow.’ the Three Infants Who Portrayed the Baby Are Back at the Request of Showrunner Jonathan Kasdan.