Netflix has just announced the massive voice cast for Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance. The Series was initially announced as something of a big surprise last year and will serve as a prequel to the events of the Jim Henson classic. Not only has the streaming service assembled a huge, very impressive stable of talent for the show, but based on several first-look photos they've also just released, this is going to look very much like the movie people remember fondly.
For starters, leading the cast as a trio of Gelfling heroes are Kingsman star Taron Egerton as Rian, Split and The Witch's Anya Taylor-Joy as Brea, and Game of Thrones and Furious 7 star Nathalie Emmanuel as Deet. Also quite importantly, Aughra will be voiced by Donna Kimball, who recently worked with Brian Henson, son of the late Jim Henson, on The Happytime Murders. Cindy Holland, VP of Original Series at Netflix, had this to say about the cast.
"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."
There are tons of other voice actors that have been announced for the streaming series. Several of the other unnamed Gelflings will be voiced by Helena Bonham-Carter, Natalie Dormer and Oscar-winner Alicia Vikander, amongst many others. Some of the Skeksis and Mystics are to be voiced by Simon Pegg, Keegan-Michael Key Luke Skywalker himself, Mark Hamill. Several of the puppeteers, such as Alice Dinnean, Louise Gold, Neil Sterenberg and Victor Yerri, will also voice various yet-to-be-named characters. Netflix also says that even more casting will be announced in the future. Lisa Henson, CEO of The Jim Henson Company, had this to say.
"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."
The series is set to return to the world of Thra, long before the original 1982 movie. Louis Leterrier (Now You See Me) is executive producing the series for Netflix, with the first season consisting of ten episodes. Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance does not yet have a premiere date, but it's set to arrive sometime in 2019. We'll be sure to keep you posted as Netflix streaming service releases any additional details. Be sure to check out the full announced voice cast and images below.
- Caitriona Balfe (Outlander)
- • Helena Bonham-Carter (The King's Speech)
- • Harris Dickinson (Maleficent 2)
- • Natalie Dormer (Game of Thrones)
- • Eddie Izzard (Ocean's Thirteen)
- Theo James (Divergent)
- • Toby Jones (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy)
- • Shazad Latif (Star Trek: Discovery)
- • Gugu Mbatha-Raw (The Cloverfield Paradox)
- Mark Strong (Kingsman)
- Alicia Vikander (Tomb Raider)
The Skesis & Mystics
- Harvey Fierstein (Torch Song)
- • Mark Hamill (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 - Fallout)
- • Andy Samberg (Brooklyn Nine Nine)