Oh Netflix, sweet Netflix. They’ve been killing it with the adaptation game lately, from the ever-popular Chilling Adventures of Sabrina to The Haunting of Hill House. Their next revitalization project – Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal – already had some buzz, but with the newly released cast list, excitement is definitely building.
The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance will serve as a prequel to Henson’s classic fantasy film. Instead of a feature-length movie, the prequel will be released as a TV series. Netflix has ordered a 10-episode first season.
As announced by Variety, the series is set many years before the events of the 1982 movie. In this prequel, 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. When three Gelfling uncover the horrific truth behind the power of the Skeksis, an adventure unfolds as the fires of rebellion are lit and an epic battle for the planet begins.
The epic voice cast includes Taron Edgerton (Kingsman) as Rian, Anya Taylor Joy (The Witch) as Brea, and Nathalie Emmanuel (Game of Thrones) as Deet – all Gelfling.
Other Gelfling characters will be voiced by Helena Bonham-Carter (Fight Club, the Harry Potter series); Eddie Izzard (Hannibal); Toby Jones (The Mist, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy); Natalie Dormer (Game of Thrones); Gugu Mbatha-Raw (The Cloverfield Paradox); Mark Strong (Kingsman, Kick-Ass); Theo James (Castlevania, the Divergent series); and Alicia Vikander (Tomb Raider, Ex Machina).
Voicing the Skeksis and Mystics are Mark Hamill (Star Wars, Justice League Action), Harvey Fierstein (Independence Day, Mulan), Ralph Ineson (The Witch), Keegan-Michael Key (The Predator, Key and Peele), Simon Pegg (Shaun of the Dead, Mission Impossible), and Andy Samberg (Brooklyn Nine Nine).
If that wasn’t enough, the cast list also includes Ólafur Darri Ólafsson, Caitriona Balfe, Harris Dickinson, Shazad Latif, Jason Isaacs, and Donna Kimball.
Why yes, that is a lot of talent.
Lisa Henson – Jim Henson’s daughter and CEO of the Jim Henson Project – said in a statement;
“It is humbling to see so many truly gifted actors join The Dark Crystal universe by adding their voices to Age of Resistance,” Henson said. “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.”
Louis Leterrier (Now You See Me, The Transporter) will direct the series. He’ll also serve as executive produce along with writers Jeffrey Addiss, Will Matthews, and Javier Grillo-Marxuach.
The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance will stream on Netflix in 2019.