One drumbeat we've been playing ever since news started coming out regarding the schedule for this year's San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC) was that this year's pop culture extravaganza is going to be eyeballs-deep in television panels and screenings – even as more movie studios choose to sit this year out. Well, Netflix is doing its part to maintain television's dominance, bringing one of its hotly-anticipated series to the U.S. west coast: The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance – and now we have our hands on the preview that was screened at SDCC:
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.
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.
"The Dark Crystal": Additional Characters
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.