Fans at San Diego Comic-Con were treated to the first episode Netflix’s highly anticipated The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance this weekend.
Series stars Mark Hamill (Star Wars) and Taron Egerton (Rocketman) appeared with executive producer Lisa Henson and director Louis Leterrier at the screening to give the audience a glimpse at what it was like to create the new series.
“This is the thing I am most proud of that we have done,” Lisa Henson, daughter of Jim Henson, said. “Being in Hall H with this show is the greatest moment of my professional life.”
“To be able to do the things you loved as a kid…I’m the luckiest guy in the world. I’m so grateful,” Hamill, who voices The Scientist in the new series, added.
Now, before you get too excited, no we don’t have access yet to that first episode. What we do have is a two-minute video that features a behind-the-scenes look at how The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance was brought to life, and watching the fantastic artists sculpt, paint, and sew the fantastic set pieces and characters is an exquisite treat all its own.
Both Egerton and Leterrier commented on the process of bringing the world of Thra to life.
“The amount of craft that goes into the making of the puppets, the artistry that goes into those creatures, and then the guys who operate them,” Egerton said. “We arrive and it’s there. It’s inspiring in itself. The work that everyone else has done kind of feeds your performance.”
“Every shot was the most complicated shot of my career,” Leterrier pointed out. “But the true heroes are the puppeteers.”
The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance is set to premiere August 30, 2019 on Netflix and is a prequel to 1982’s The Dark Crystal.
In the new series, three Gelfling discover the horrifying reality behind the villainous Skeksis and set out to stop them and save their world no matter the cost.
Check out the behind-the-scenes video below and mark your calendars for August 30, 2019 for The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance.