Ruby Cruz Joins The Cast of The Upcoming Willow Series On Disney+ In Recasting Move
The highly anticipated Willow series on Disney+ has certainly gone through several dramatic changes since first announced. Director Jon M Chu stepped away from showrunner duties a few months ago due to bad timing. He was replaced by director Jonathan Entwistle who joins the Willow series as showrunner. Previously we reported on the actresses cast in the Willow series, but now it appears that one of those roles has been re-cast. Actress Ruby Cruz will now join the cast of the Willow show, replacing Cailee Spaeny in the role of Kit.
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Ruby Cruz Joins Willow After Extensive Recasting Process
The character of Kit appears to be one of the lead roles in the Willow series. Kit is a princess who must save her abducted twin brother – and the kingdom – from evil forces. Her best friend Jade (Erin Kellyman) and kitchen maid/possible chosen one Dove (Ellie Bamber) join her on her quest. This is a fun twist on the cliche ‘damsel in distress’ storyline. It promises to be a clever subversion of gender roles in the upcoming Disney+ show. And if the streaming network’s success with WandaVision tells us that audiences are ready for more genre shows focusing on women.
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Ruby Cruz has some genre experience already, having appeared in Castle Rock. Most recently she appeared in the prestige drama series Mare of Easttown opposite Kate Winslet. Ruby Cruz joins the cast of Willow after “an extensive recasting process.” No information was given on why Cailee Spaeny departed the upcoming Disney+ show.
Deadline’s report on the news also gives us a bit of additional information on what to expect from the Willow show. “The series takes place years after the events of the film. It introduces all-new characters to the enchanted realm of fairy queens and two-headed Eborsisk monsters, and welcomes back its hero Willow Ufgood (Warwick Davis).”
Hopefully this is the last of the dramatic changes that the Willow series will undergo before they begin filming. No release date has been set for when Willow will air on Disney+. But we will keep you up to date as we learn more. Stay tuned to Comic Years on Facebook and Twitter for all of your genre news.
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