Did you know there was a new Dark Crystal movie coming out soon? Earlier today, I had no idea. Then I saw there was a Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance trailer out, and bang! My world changed, thanks to whoever worked with Netflix to make this happen. Before we go any further, look at this trailer and have your mind shattered.
This series is coming to Netflix on August 30th, 2019. When we get there, if you’ve not already watched the original, I suggest you’ll have done so. The original was a Jim Henson and Frank Oz masterpiece, done with muppet-era live action filming and a true 80’s attitude toward adventure and fantasy storytelling.
The new version has more famous voice actors than you’ll be able to process. You’ll find Nathalie Emmanuel, Taron Egerton, Anya Taylor-Joy, and Donna Kimball as the keeper of secrets, Aughra. That epic role was originally voice by Frank Oz (aka Yoda) himself – watch above and see if he’s done justice. (Spoiler alert: Donna Kimball is fantastic.)
Also voicing characters in this series are Helena Bonham Carter, Eddie Izzard, Theo James, Shazad Latif, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Natalie Dormer, Toby Jones, Alicia Vikander, and Mark Strong. They’ll apparently be voicing the good team – the Gelfings.
The bad guys – the Skeksis – will be voiced by the following list of voice actors: Harvey Fierstein, Ólafur Darri Ólafsson, Ralph Ineson, Jason Isaacs, Keegan-Michael Key, Simon Pegg, Mark Hamill, and Andy Samberg. If it wasn’t already clear, this series must have cost Netflix a PRETTY PENNY.
The creators of this program are Jeffrey Addiss and Will Matthews. On the author crew for this show are Louis Leterrier, Lisa Henson, and Halle Stanford. Have a peek at the earliest visions of this show in the first teaser trailer released by Netflix below – released in May of 2017.
This series means business. And right at the tail end of Game of Thrones, with fantasy and adventure-loving viewers looking for something new to follow – it’s perfect. The timing couldn’t be better.