The Jim Henson Company’s The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance series launches as a Netflix Original on Aug. 30 and the just-arrived trailer shows the revival of the Reagan Era fantasy brand has held on to its unique, stylized puppetry persona but also expanded out its visual ambitions (and Gelfing gravitas) with 21st Century digital wizardry.
Executive Producers Lisa Henson, Louis Leterrier, and Halle Stanford also have a epic-worthy ensemble giving voice to the fantasy factions that populate the world of Thra in this prequel to the 1982 feature film.
The Gelfings are portrayed by Taron Egerton (as Rian), Anya Taylor-Joy (as Brea), Nathalie Emmanuel (as Deet), 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.
The Skeksis & Mystics are voiced by Harvey Fierstein, Mark Hamill, Ralph Ineson, Jason Isaacs, Keegan-Michael Key, Ólafur Darri Ólafsson, Simon Pegg, and Andy Samberg. Aughra will be voiced by Donna Kimball. Additional characters will be voiced by puppeteers from the production, including Alice Dinnean, Louise Gold, Neil Sterenberg and Victor Yerrid as Hup.
The synopsis: “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. Based on The Dark Crystal, Jim Henson’s groundbreaking 1982 feature film, The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance tells a new epic story, set many years before the events of the movie, and realized using classic puppetry with cutting edge visual effects. The world of Thra is dying. The Crystal of Truth is at the heart of Thra, a source of untold power. But it is damaged, corrupted by the evil Skeksis, and a sickness spreads across the land.”
The Netflix Original The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance was directed by Louis Leterrier (Clash of the Titans, The Transporter) who also executive produces the 10-episode, one-hour fantasy series with Lisa Henson and Halle Stanford. Co-Executive Producers are Jeffrey Addiss & Will Matthews, Javier Grillo-Marxuach, and Blanca Lista. Producer Ritamarie Peruggi, Line Producer Tim Wellspring, Associate Producer Cameron Richardson, and Co-Producer Vivian Lee.
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