Netflix has confirmed the cast of “The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance,” giving fans a first look at the prequel and a list of the voices that they will hear within the adventure. The new adcventure is scheduled to hit Netflix in 2019.
According to this morning’s announcement, leading the voice cast are Taron Egerton (Kingsman), Anya Taylor-Joy (The Witch), and Nathalie Emmanuel (Game of Thrones), as Rian, Brea, and Deet, three Gelfling heroes.
The other Gelfling characters feature the voices of Caitriona Balfe (Outlander); Helena Bonham-Carter (The King’s Speech); Harris Dickinson (forthcoming Maleficent 2); Natalie Dormer (Game of Thrones); Eddie Izzard (Ocean’s Thirteen); Theo James (The Divergent Series); Toby Jones (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy); Shazad Latif (Star Trek: Discovery); Gugu Mbatha-Raw (The Cloverfield Paradox); Mark Strong (Kingsman); and Alicia Vikander (Tomb Raider).
The Skeksis & Mystics feature the voices of Harvey Fierstein (Torch Song); Mark Hamill (Knightfall, Star Wars); Ralph Ineson (Game of Thrones); Jason Isaacs (The OA); Keegan-Michael Key (Key and Peele); Ólafur Darri Ólafsson (True Detective); Simon Pegg (Mission Impossible); and Andy Samberg (Brooklyn Nine Nine).
Donna Kimball (The Happytime Murders) will voice Aughra. Puppeteers from the production, including Alice Dinnean, Louise Gold, Neil Sterenberg and Victor Yerrid will voice additional characters.
“The Dark Crystal” is based on Jim Henson’s 1982 feature film. The new project tells an original story, set many years before the events of the movie, and realized using classic puppetry with new visual effects.
In the story, 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 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.
About the voice cast, Cindy Holland, VP of Original Series, Netflix said: “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. I am proud to say that this may be one of the finest casts assembled from the world’s favourite 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.”
Lisa Henson, CEO of The Jim Henson Company said, “It is humbling to see so many truly gifted actors join The Dark Crystal universe by adding their voices to Age of Resistance. As with the original film, we are now adding a voice cast of the highest caliber that will provide textures and range to the puppetry performances that are the heart of the series. 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.”