The Dark Crystal was a Jim Henson movie made in 1982 that focused on a being finding a crystal shard that would restore balance to his world. Netflix is developing a prequel series called The Dark Crystal: Age Of Resistance, and has enlisted an all-star cast to bring it to life.
Sigourney Weaver (Ghostbusters, Alien), Benedict Wong (Dr. Strange, Avengers: Infinity War), Lena Headey (Game Of Thrones), Awkwafina, and Hannah John-Kamen are the latest actors to be announced to voice characters in the series.
They will be joined by and already stacked cast including the three leads: Taron Egerton, Anya Taylor-Joy, and Nathalie Emmanuel and an original member of The Dark Crystal cast, puppeteer Dave Goelz. The cast doesn’t stop there though. Caitriona Balfe, Helena Bonham Carter, Harris Dickinson, Natalie Dormer, Eddie Izzard, Theo James, Toby Jones, Shazad Latif, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Mark Strong and Alicia Vikander will voice the supporting Gelfing characters. The Skesis & Mystics will have the voice talents of Harvey Fierstein, Mark Hamill, Ralph Ineson, Jason Isaacs, Keegan-Michael Key, Ólafur Darri Ólafsson, Simon Pegg, and Andy Samberg.
That is one hell of a cast. It is easier to get voice cast than an on-screen one, since they can all do it at different times and do not require the same schedule. But still, I might have to change my stance on Dune being the best cast project of the year.
Louis Letterier, best known for directing films like The Incredible Hulk and Now You See Me will helm the series. Age Of Resistance takes place many years before the original movie. Deadline has a quick synopsis of the series:
“The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance returns to the world of Thra with an all new adventure. When three Gelfling discover the horrifying secret behind the Skeksis’ power, they set out on an epic journey to ignite the fires of rebellion and save their world.“
JoBlo.com has compiled all 30 character posters, if you want to see what the characters look like and who is playing them. They look like they are true to Jim Henson’s original vision, and should please fans of the original movie.
The Dark Crystal: Age Of Resistance hits Netflix August 30th.