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Ron Howard says he's 'seriously exploring' Willow with Lucasfilm

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May 25, 2018, 9:00 PM EDT

Willow fans may be closer to getting more of the world of the 1980s cult classic after director Ron Howard tweeted that he is "seriously exploring" the possibility with Lucasfilm.

Howard's latest collaboration with Lucasfilm is in theaters now. You've probably heard of Solo: A Star Wars Story at this point. But a long, long time ago (in 1988), Howard collaborated with George Lucas on a fantasy film called Willow starring Return of the Jedi's Warwick Davis as Willow, the unlikely protector of an infant named Elora Danan who is destined to defeat an evil queen. The film is widely loved and considered a cult classic, despite not reaching the same mega-success as the Star Wars franchise.

So naturally, with Howard back in the Lucasfilm fold, thoughts of the potential for more Willow have emerged. Earlier this month, Howard mentioned to ComicBook.com that there had been "a little talk of Willow." But now that talk seems to be gaining voice, as Howard has responded to a fan on Twitter saying they're "seriously exploring" the possibility, adding the suggestion to keep "fingers crossed."

Who knows if there's actually been more movement toward a Willow follow-up or if Howard was just being cagey in the earlier interview, but "seriously" sounds... serious. Certainly more so than "a little talk," right?

**SPOILER WARNING: Minor spoiler territory for Solo: A Star Wars Story covered below!**

Davis appears ever so briefly in the new Star Wars film, so it shouldn't be all that surprising that Willow was on Howard's mind while filming Solo. "I thought about [Willow] a lot as I was working on Solo because there are certain scenes, especially around some of the Madmartigan stuff, was reminiscent of a character with that kind of swagger and bravado,” Howard told ComicBook.com.

It seems like thoughts of Willow are in the air. Will fans soon see an exciting announcement? Let's all follow Howard's advice and keep our fingers crossed, shall we?

(via The Wrap)