If you grew up in the 80s, then you probably either loved The Dark Crystal or felt scarred for life by it.
The 1982 fantasy film from Jim Henson and Frank Oz lived up to its name by venturing into much darker territory than most kids’ entertainment. Soon, you’ll get to relieve the magic (or trauma, depending on your perspective) of the original movie with a prequel series from Netflix.
The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance will release all 10 episodes at once sometime next year. Here’s what we know so far!
The basic story arc, according to an official statement via TV Line, summarizes the plot like this: “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.”
The story takes place many years before the original movie. We’re getting a strong Rogue One vibe from this–but hopefully the ending won’t be such a bummer.
This time around, there are three Gelfling heroes. Rian, voiced by Taron Egerton (Kingsman, Robin Hood); Deet, voiced by Nathalie Emmanuel (Game of Thrones); and Brea, voiced by Anya Taylor-Joy (The Witch)
We don’t know too much more about the characters, other than a quick peek at the puppets. Rian is decked out in leather armor and seems to be hiding a dagger or shortsword under his cloak.
Deet seems like she might be younger than the other two, and wears her long, slightly frizzy hair in braids. Brea seems much more regal than the others and wears some kind of circlet–could she be royalty?
The voice cast is basically a who’s who of actors and comedians. Several of Nathalie Emmanuel’s costars from GoT will be joining her, including Natalie Dormer and Ralph Ineson. Outlander‘s star Catriona Balfe will be voicing a Gelfling alongside Alicia Vikander (Tomb Raider) and Helena Bonham-Carter (Harry Potter). Taron Egerton’s Kingsman costar Mark Strong is also along for the ride.
Jason Isaacs, who played Lucius Malfoy alongside Helena Bonhan-Carter, will also lend his voice. It won’t be much of a surprise that he’s playing a bad guy. Keegan-Michael Key (Key and Peele), Simon Pegg (Shaun of the Dead) and Andy Samberg (Brooklyn Nine-Nine) are slated to voice either the villainous Skeksis or mysterious Mystics.
And lest be overlooked, national treasure Mark Hamill is joining the voice cast in an unknown role. If you haven’t followed his post-Star Wars career, Hamill is a prolific voice actor who absolutely killed it as The Joker in multiple Batman TV shows, movies, and games.
So, are you psyched for more Dark Crystal or psychologically scarred?