Netflix has released the first set of images and announced the cast of voice actors for its upcoming animated series The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance, a prequel to Jim Henson’s 1982 dark children’s fantasy The Dark Crystal. Leading the star-studded cast are Taron Egerton, Anya Taylor-Joy, and Nathalie Emmanuel, as Gelfling heroes Rian, Brea, and Deet (respectively):
Additional Gelfling characters will be voiced by Caitriona Balfe, Helena Bonham-Carter, Harris Dickinson, Natalie Dormer, Eddie Izzard, Theo James, Toby Jones, Shazad Latif, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Mark Strong, and Alicia Vikander. Meanwhile the evil Skeksis & benevolent Mystics will be voiced by Harvey Fierstein, Mark Hamill, Ralph Ineson, Jason Isaacs, Keegan-Michael Key, Olafur Darri Olafsson, Simon Pegg, and Andy Samberg. Finally, the old hermit Aughra will be voiced by Donna Kimball. Other characters will be voiced by puppeteers from The Jim Henson Company, including Alice Dinnean, Louise Gold, Neil Sterenberg, and Victor Yerrid.
Netflix Original Series Vice President Cindy Holland stated: “To match the stunning visual world of The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance, we knew we had to entice some incredible voice talent to add dimension to the exquisite artistry of the puppeteers who bring the characters to life. I am proud to say that this may be one of the finest casts assembled from the world’s favourite TV shows and movies, and I am now even more excited for fans to come back to Thra with us, and for new viewers to discover this world for the very first time.”
The Jim Henson Company CEO Lisa Henson added: “It is humbling to see so many truly gifted actors join The Dark Crystal universe by adding their voices to Age of Resistance. As with the original film, we are now adding a voice cast of the highest caliber that will provide textures and range to the puppetry performances that are the heart of the series. It is thrilling to see this assembled team of artists, puppeteers and now voice actors, many inspired by my father’s original film, work together to realize this unique world – through performance and craft – at a scale that is rarely seen today.”
The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance will be released sometime in 2019, exclusively on Netflix.
The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance returns to the world of Thra with an all new adventure. When three Gelfling discover the horrifying secret behind the Skeksis’ power, they set out on an epic journey to ignite the fires of rebellion and save their world.