The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance
The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance is an upcoming Netflix television series. It is a prequel to the Jim Henson film The Dark Crystal (1982). There will be ten episodes and the series will explore the world of Thra created for the original film. On May 21, 2019, it was announced that the series will premiere on August 30, 2019.
|The Dark Crystal:|
Age of Resistance
|Directed by||Louis Leterrier|
|Voices of||Taron Egerton|
Helena Bonham Carter
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of episodes||10|
|Running time||60 minutes|
|Production company(s)||The Jim Henson Company|
|Audio format||Dolby Digital 5.1|
|Original release||August 30, 2019|
The story follows three Gelflings – Rian, Brea and Deet – who inspire a rebellion against the Skeksis when they discover a horrifying secret behind their power that threatens their world of Thra.
- Taron Egerton as Rian: A Gelfling Crystal Castle guard of the Stonewood Clan
- Anya Taylor-Joy as Brea: A Gelfling princess of the Vapra Clan
- Nathalie Emmanuel as Deet: A Gelfling animal carer of the Grottan Clan
- Donna Kimball as Aughra: The embodiment of the planet Thra and an astronomer
- Eddie Izzard as Cadia: A member of the Sifa Clan and Onica's father
- Helena Bonham Carter as The All-Maudra Mayrin: The Queen of the Vapra Clan, leader of all Gelfling Clans and the mother of Seladon, Tavra and Brea
- Caitriona Balfe as Tavra: A warrior of the Vapra Clan and one of Brea's sisters
- Harris Dickinson as Gurjin: A member of the Drenchen Clan and Rian's bestfriend
- Shazad Latif as Kylan: A song teller of the Spriton Clan
- Toby Jones as The Librarian: A member of the Grottan Clan who works in the Tomb of Relics
- Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Seladon: A member of the Vapra Clan and one of Brea's sisters
- Lena Headey as Maudra Fara: Leader of the Stonewood Clan
- Alicia Vikander as Mira: A member of the Vapra Clan, a crystal castle guard and Rian's girlfriend
- Hannah John-Kamen as Naia: A member of the Drenchen Clan and Gurjin's twin sister
- Natalie Dormer as Onica A member of the Sifa Clan
- Mark Strong as Ordon: A member of the Stonewood Clan and Rian's father
- Theo James as Rek’yr: A member of the Dousan Clan
- Louise Gold as Maudra Argot: Leader of the Grottan Clan
- Victor Yerrid as Hup: A friend of Deet
- Ólafur Darri Ólafsson as urVa/The Archer: The urRu counterpart of skekMal
- Simon Pegg as skekSil/The Chamberlain: The second in line to the Emperor's throne
- Awkwafina as skekLach/The Collector: A cunning Skeksis who loves to collect living creatures (Originally known as the Census Taker.)
- Jason Isaacs as skekSo/The Emperor: The cruel ruler of the Planet Thra
- Benedict Wong as skekUng/The General: The easily angered leader of the Silkspitter army (Given the 2nd title of Garthim Master between the events of Age of Resistance and the original Dark Crystal movie.)
- Harvey Fierstein as skekAyuk/The Gourmand: The organizer of the Skeksis banquets
- Andy Samberg as The Heretic: A Skeksis who is against the beliefs of the other Skeksis
- Ralph Ineson as skekMal/The Hunter: The wildest and most brutal of the Skeksis
- Alice Dinnean as skekEkt/The Ornamentalist: The designer of the Skeksis garments
- Keegan-Michael Key as skekZok/The Ritual Master: The high priest of the Ceremony of the Sun
- Mark Hamill as skekTek/The Scientist: An old friend of Aughra who now uses the Dark Crystal for experiments
- Neil Sterenberg as skekOk/The Scroll Keeper: The Crystal Castle's historian
- Dave Goelz as Baffi: An eyepatch wearing Fizzgig
- TBA as a Fizzgig with silver/grey fur
Animals and Plant life of Thra
- TBA as Vliste-Staba: The Sanctuary Tree of Grot
- TBA as The Landstriders: The Sigil animals of the Spriton Clan, the Gelfling often use them for transport
- TBA as The Silkspitters: A breed of giant Arathim Spiders, they are loyal to SkekSo and SkekUng
- Sigourney Weaver as The Myth Speaker
In May 2017, it was announced that The Jim Henson Company, in association with Netflix, would produce a prequel to the film The Dark Crystal. The series, written by Jeffrey Addiss, Will Matthews, and Javier Grillo-Marxuach, began filming in the United Kingdom in November 2017 with Louis Leterrier serving as director.
At New York Comic Con in 2018, Leterrier insisted that the series would depend on puppetry and not CGI, except for the use of green screens to remove puppeteers. On December 17, 2018, the 36th anniversary of the original film's release, the voice cast was revealed, as well as some images of the main Gelfling characters. It will be released in 2019. On May 30, 2019, Netflix released a teaser trailer and poster for the series, announcing its official release date on August 30, 2019. Additional voice actors were announced on June 26, including Awkwafina, Lena Headey, Hannah John-Kamen, Sigourney Weaver and Benedict Wong.
On May 30, 2019, the first teaser trailer for the series was released and received a generally favorable response with Tasha Robinson, writing for The Verge, writing 'what's most compelling about this trailer, though, is the stunning fidelity to the original film'.
During a Nintendo Direct at E3 2019, it was announced that a video game based on the Netflix series, called The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance Tactics, was in development by BonusXP and En Masse Entertainment. The game is set to release sometime in 2019 for Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Microsoft Windows, and MacOS.
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