With only a little more than a week to go before the streamer takes viewers on a voyage back in time to the world of Thra, Netflix is giving fans a look behind the scenes at The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance. With the 10-episode series/season set to debut on the streaming service beginning August 30, the cast and creators behind the limited series open up about the experience of returning to Jim Henson's world nearly four decades later. Returning to a world cherished by fans for so long comes with serious expectations and responsibilities – something the group recognizes as they expand upon the original story:
Less than a month after the eagerly-anticipated series made a huge impact at San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC), Netflix offered fans of a look at the streamer's return to Thra in the official trailer for prequel series The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance:
Here's a look at the preview for The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance that was screened at SDCC:
Combining classic Henson-brand puppetry and modern effects, "The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance" sheds a light on the world of Thra, which 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 a 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.
Directed and executive produced by Louis Leterrier, The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance also stars:
"The Dark Crystal": The Gelfling
Taron Egerton (Kingsman) as Rian, Anya Taylor-Joy (The Witch) as Brea, Nathalie Emmanuel (Game of Thrones) as Deet, Caitriona Balfe (Outlander) as Tavra, Helena Bonham Carter (The King's Speech) as All-Maudra, Harris Dickinson (forthcoming Maleficent 2) as Gurjin, Natalie Dormer (Game of Thrones) as Onica, Eddie Izzard (Ocean's Thirteen) as Cadia, Theo James (The Divergent Series) as Rek'yr, Toby Jones (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy) as Librarian, Shazad Latif (Star Trek: Discovery) as Kylan, Gugu Mbatha-Raw (The Cloverfield Paradox) as Seladon, Mark Strong (Kingsman) as Ordon, and Alicia Vikander (Tomb Raider) as Mira.
"The Dark Crystal": The Skeksis & Mystics
Harvey Fierstein (Torch Song Trilogy) as The Gourmand, Mark Hamill (Child's Play, Star Wars) as The Scientist, Ralph Ineson (Game of Thrones) as The Hunter, Jason Isaacs (The OA) as The Emperor, Keegan-Michael Key (Key and Peele) as The Ritual Master, Ólafur Darri Ólafsson (True Detective) as The Archer, Simon Pegg (Mission Impossible) as The Chamberlain, and Andy Samberg (Brooklyn Nine-Nine) as The Heretic.
Aughra will be voiced by Donna Kimball (The Happytime Murders), with the following characters voiced by their puppeteers from the production: Alice Dinnean as The Ornamentalist, Louise Gold as Maudra Argot, Neil Sterenberg as The Scroll-Keeper, and Victor Yerrid as Hup.
Additionally, Dinnean, Beccy Henderson, and Sterenberg are the puppeteers for lead characters Brea, Deet, and Rian, respectively. Core puppeteers for the production also include Warrick Brownlow-Pike, Dave Chapman, Kevin Clash, Damian Farrell, Helena Smee, Kat Smee, and Olly Taylor.
"I am so grateful to this dedicated and gifted ensemble who has so beautifully voiced the characters performed by our puppeteers. Gathering such highly skilled performers was only possible because of their love and respect for Jim Henson's work and his ongoing legacy."
– Louis Leterrier, Director/Executive Producer
The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance streams on Netflix beginning August 30.