Netflix’s much-anticipated The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance is set to premiere on August 30, 2019. With the debut just 10 days away, Netflix has released a new behind-the-scenes video featuring the voice cast as well as the series creators.
Executive producer Lisa Henson explains this is a prequel and takes place during a period in which the Gelfling had a “rich and prosperous civilization.” Henson realizes The Dark Crystal still holds a special place in the hearts of millions of fans, which is why they wanted to revisit that original world.
During the two and a half minute video, Simon Pegg reveals he watched Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal in the same theater he saw Star Wars, ET, and Raiders of the Lost Ark. “I just remember it being quite an overwhelming experience. Another one of those movies where you come out of the cinema slightly changed.”
Game of Thrones‘ Natalie Dormer calls the world of The Dark Crystal all-encompassing and vivid, placing it in the same league as Westeros, Pandora, and Middle-Earth.
“Rian is the son of the Captain of the Guard,” says Taron Egerton, describing his character. “He witnesses something horrific. He basically has to go on this quest to set things right and make everyone aware of what’s really going on.”
Season one consists of 10 one-hour episodes directed by Louis Leterrier. Leterrier, Lisa Henson, and Halle Stanford serve as executive producers. Jeffrey Addiss, Will Matthews, Javier Grillo-Marxuach, and Blanca Lista are co-executive producers, with Ritamarie Peruggi producing.
The Gelfling Voice Cast Includes:
Taron Egerton (Rocketman) as Rian
Anya Taylor-Joy (The Witch) as Brea
Nathalie Emmanuel (Game of Thrones) as Deet
Caitriona Balfe (Outlander) as Tavra
Helena Bonham Carter (The King’s Speech) as All-Maudra
Harris Dickinson (Trust) as Gurjin
Natalie Dormer (Game of Thrones) as Onica
Eddie Izzard (Ocean’s Thirteen) as Cadia
Theo James (The Divergent Series) as Rek’yr
Toby Jones (Wayward Pines) as Librarian
Shazad Latif (Star Trek: Discovery) as Kylan
Gugu Mbatha-Raw (The Cloverfield Paradox) as Seladon
Mark Strong (Kingsman) as Ordon
Alicia Vikander (Tomb Raider) as Mira
Lena Headey (Game of Thrones) as Maudra
Hannah John-Kamen (Game of Thrones) as Naia
The Skeksis & Mystics Voice Cast:
Harvey Fierstein (Torch Song Trilogy) as The Gourmand
Mark Hamill (Child’s Play, Star Wars) as The Scientist
Ralph Ineson (Game of Thrones) as The Hunter
Jason Isaacs (The OA) as The Emperor
Keegan-Michael Key (Toy Story 4) as The Ritual Master
Ólafur Darri Ólafsson (True Detective) as The Archer
Simon Pegg (Mission Impossible) as The Chamberlain
Andy Samberg (Brooklyn Nine Nine) as The Heretic
Benedict Wong (Avengers: Endgame) as The Collector
Awkwafina (Crazy Rich Asians) as The Collector
Sigourney Weaver provides the voice of the Narrator. Aughra will be voiced by Donna Kimball (The Happytime Murders). Alice Dinnean is The Ornamentalist, Louise Gold is Maudra Argot, Neil Sterenberg is The Scroll-Keeper, and Victor Yerrid voices Hup.
The Plot, Courtesy of Netflix:
“Based on The Dark Crystal, Jim Henson’s groundbreaking 1982 feature film, The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance tells a new 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. 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.”