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Why Val Kilmer Pulled Out of Disney+’s Willow Sequence


Madmartigan’s return was nearer than we thought. 

The brand new Disney+ collection Willow, premiering Nov. 30 on the streamer, relies on the 1988 fantasy journey film of the identical identify. Within the movie, Val Kilmer performed the function of hunky swordsman Madmartigan who helped the titular Willow (Warwick Davis) on his epic journey.

In response to Willow showrunner Jake Kasdan, issues almost got here collectively for Kilmer to reprise his function within the collection.

“We actually needed Val to return be within the present,” Kasdan informed Leisure Weekly Nov. 29. “And Val actually needed to return out and be within the present. I bear in mind going to see Val proper after this factor began to get some momentum, and I mentioned, ‘Pay attention, we’re doing this. And the entire world needs Madmartigan again.’ And he was like, ‘Not as a lot as I do.'”

Kilmer, who was recognized with throat most cancers in 2015, has continued to work all through his well being wrestle, together with an emotional reprisal of his function of Iceman in 2022’s Prime Gun: Maverick.

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