Get ready to return to Thra, the highly anticipated series The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance is coming this fall. Want a sneak peek? Keep reading, because we’ve got some incredible images to share.
The show features 10 episodes and is centered around the epic journey of several Gelflings. It is also intended to act as a prequel to the beloved Jim Henson and Frank Oz fantasy. And yes, it looks like it’s shaping up to be everything we’ve been hoping for.
The new story utilizes classic puppetry, but also will employ cutting-edge visual effects. Plus, it will also feature quite an impressive cast as well.
“To match the stunning visual world of The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance, we knew we had to entice some incredible voice talent to add dimension to the exquisite artistry of the puppeteers who bring the characters to life”, explains Netflix’s Cindy Holland.
“I am proud to say that this may be one of the finest casts assembled from the world’s favorite TV shows and movies, and I am now even more excited for fans to come back to Thra with us, and for new viewers to discover this world for the very first time.”
The Gelfling leads – Rian, Brea, and Deet – will be voiced by Taron Egerton, Anya Taylor-Joy, and Nathalie Emmanuel. But that’s not all. The cast also includes Helena Bonham-Carter, Caitriona Balfe, Eddie Izzard, Natalie Dormer, Alicia Vikander, Simon Pegg, and even Mark Hamill.
Really, the list just goes on and on. Theo James, Keegan-Michael Key, Andy Samberg, Ralph Ineson, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, and even more famous names are also joining the cast.
Of course, it’s the visuals in which we’re most interested, right? Trust us, they do not disappoint. Considering how much dough Netflix is likely shelling out on the cast, it’d be an absolute travesty if they did.
The series is directed by French filmmaker Louis Leterrier. (He also helmed The Incredible Hulk, Clash of the Titans, The Transporter, and Now You See Me, among other films.) And, with his background, there’s no denying our high expectations.
Determined to make the show look as much like the film as possible, Leterrier credits the use of actual puppets.
“I was not fighting against anyone, I was fighting against common sense and practicality,” he told Entertainment Weekly. “It’s so so complicated to build a puppet, hire puppeteers, all that stuff. We chose the long, hardest road and we’re very thankful [we did]. It looks absolutely stunning.”
Don’t believe him? See for yourself!