Because of unresolved health issues from his cancer treatment, actor Val Kilmer, 62, will not play Madmartigan in the recently released Disney+ sequel series Willow.
The throat cancer survivor could not participate in Disney+’s relaunch of Willow, where he would have reprised his 1988 portrayal, due to health issues during the pandemic.
“As COVID seized the planet, it became insurmountable,” showrunner Jonathan Kasdan says. “We were preparing in the spring, when it was most prevalent. Furthermore, Val resisted the urge to speak up.”