Willow Series: Why Val Kilmer Had To Be Written Out ‘Late In The Process’

viewers of pasture Restart have been wondering where Val Kilmer is.

The actor appeared in the original 1988 film as Madmartigan opposite Warwick Davis who played the titular wizard.

While Davis is directing the new series, which released earlier this week, Kilmer is nowhere to be seen.

Showrunner Jonathan Kasdan has now explained Kilmer’s absence, revealing the actor has decided to stay indoors during the pandemic.

“As Covid took over the world, it became insurmountable,” Kasdan said Weekly entertainment.

“We prepared in the spring of the year for it to happen the most. And Val reluctantly felt he couldn’t get out.”

Kilmer was diagnosed with cancer in 2015 and is clear of the disease after successful chemotherapy and two tracheotomy but now speaks through a voice box.

Kasdan recalled going to Val “right after” the Willow reboot “and getting some momentum,” telling him, “Listen, we’re doing this. And the whole world wants Madmartigan back.”

Kilmer told the showrunner, “Not as much as me.”

The actor’s involvement looked promising “until quite late in the process, frankly.”

Val Kilmer had to pull out of the Willow reboot “late in the process.”

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“He hugged me when I left,” Kasdan said. “He picked me up and said, ‘See? I’m still super strong.’ And I thought, ‘Great’. We started building the first season with the intention of making him appear.”

Although Kilmer isn’t in the first season, Kasdan has made it clear that should there be a sequel, the actor is always welcome should he wish to return.

“We wanted to leave the door open to all possibilities in the future and also honor his spirit,” he said. “We tried to do that and work with him in a way that you can feel and hear him, if not see him.”

Kilmer could return for an emotional cameo Top Gun: Maverickwhich became one of the highest-grossing films of the year after its summer release.

Find The Independent‘s Review of pasture reboot, which is available to stream on Disney Plus here.

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JOE HERNANDEZ

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