Guillermo del Toro’s added Orphan Black‘s Tatiana Maslany, Rogue One‘s Diego Luna, and Into the Wild‘s Emile Hirsch to the cast of Dreamworks Trollhunters Part 3. Maslany and Luna will be lending their voices to the characters of Aja and Krel in the third – and final – season of the animated series. According to the Netflix announcement, Hirsch will be taking over the role of Jim Lake Jr originally voiced by Anton Yelchin.
The returning voice cast includes Kelsey Grammer (Blinky), Mark Hamill (Dictatious), Lena Headey (Morgana), David Bradley (Merlin), Ron Perlman (Bular), Steven Yeun (Steve), Anjelica Huston (Queen Ursurna), Jonathan Hyde (Strickler), Amy Landecker (Barbara), Charlie Saxton (Toby), Lexi Medrano (Claire) and Fred Tatasciore (AAARRRGGHH!!!).
Tatiana Maslany and Diego Luna’s characters Aja and Krel are described as “mysterious new students who unknowingly come to the aid of the Trollhunters team in the fight against Morgana.” Netflix also announced Maslany and Luna will reprise their roles as the lead characters in the Tales of Arcadia trilogy, DreamWorks 3 Below. That installment in the trilogy will premiere later this year.
Hirsch’s voice work as Jim Lake Jr will be combined with Yelchin’s performance. The official casting announcement offered the following explanation for how the change in actors will work for the upcoming third season of the series: “Yelchin completed his work on seasons one and two and a considerable portion of season three before his untimely passing. Del Toro and his creative team found a unique way to incorporate a voice transition organic to the story and create a path for a dear friend of Yelchin’s to carry on his legacy and role. Yelchin’s performance has been left intact where possible and some portions have been merged with Hirsch’s performance to complete season three.”
DreamWorks Trollhunters was created by Oscar winner Guillermo del Toro (The Shape of Water). Guillermo del Toro serves as an executive producer along with Marc Guggenheim, Rodrigo Blaas, Chad Hammes, and Christina Steinberg.
Dreamworks Trollhunters Part 3 will premiere on Netflix on May 25, 2018.
The Plot: DreamWorks Trollhunters features a tale of two fantastical worlds that collide in an epic saga. Set in the fictional suburb of Arcadia, our unlikely hero, Jim, and his two best friends make a startling discovery that beneath their hometown lies a hidden battle between good trolls and bad, the outcome of which impacts their lives forever.
In DreamWorks Trollhunters Part 3 the fate of troll and human civilizations hang in the balance. The Trollhunters are racing to stop Gunmar and the now resurrected Morgana from bringing about the Eternal Night and shrouding the world in darkness forever. To defeat them, the team must seek the help of the legendary wizard Merlin to unlock his ancient magic and unleash a powerful weapon that will alter the course of their lives forever.
More on the Tales of Arcadia Trilogy: On the surface, Arcadia appears to be a slice of timeless Americana, but it is no ordinary town. It lies at the center of magical and mystical lines that will make it a nexus for many battles among otherworldly creatures including trolls, aliens and wizards. DreamWorks Trollhunters, the first installment in the Tales of Arcadia trilogy, will be followed by two additional series 3 Below in 2018 and a final chapter Wizards set to debut in 2019.
Following Trollhunters, DreamWorks 3 Below will focus on two royal teenage aliens and their bodyguard who flee a surprise takeover of their home planet by an evil dictator and crash land in Arcadia. Now on the run from intergalactic bounty hunters, they struggle to blend in and adapt to the bizarre world of high school all the while attempting to repair their ship so they can return and defend their home planet.
DreamWorks Wizards brings together the three disparate worlds of trolls, aliens and wizards who have found themselves drawn to Arcadia. The final chapter of the Tales of Arcadia culminates in an apocalyptic battle for the control of magic that will ultimately determine the fate of these supernatural worlds that have now converged.