8:17am PT by Rick Porter
Netflix's 'Dark Crystal' Prequel Sets Star-Studded Voice Cast
Netflix's Dark Crystal prequel series has cast Taron Egerton, Anya Taylor-Joy and Nathalie Emmanuel in lead roles, with a host of other actors also lending their voices.
Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance is based on Jim Henson and Frank Oz's 1982 movie and set many years before the events of the film. Egerton, Taylor-Joy and Emmanuel will lend their voices the heroes of the story, Gelflings named Rian, Brea and Deet. With their planet, Thra, dying, they set off on a quest to reverse the sickness and come into conflict with the evil Skeksis.
The voice cast will also include 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, all of whom will also play Gelflings.
Other characters will be voiced by Mark Hamill, Harvey Fierstein, Ralph Ineson, Jason Isaacs, Keegan-Michael Key, Olafur Darri Olafsson, Simon Pegg and Andy Samberg. Donna Kimball will play Aughra, an oracle who also appears in the 1982 movie. Puppeteers including Alice Dinnean, Louise Gold, Neil Sterenberg and Victor Yerrid will voice additional characters.
"It is humbling to see so many truly gifted actors join The Dark Crystal universe by adding their voices to Age of Resistance," said Lisa Henson, CEO of The Jim Henson Company. "As with the original film, we are now adding a voice cast of the highest caliber that will provide textures and range to the puppetry performances that are the heart of the series. It is thrilling to see this assembled team of artists, puppeteers and now voice actors, many inspired by my father’s original film, work together to realize this unique world — through performance and craft — at a scale that is rarely seen today."
Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance is set to premiere in 2019. The series comes from The Jim Henson Company and executive producers Louis Leterrier (Now You See Me), who's also directing, Lisa Henson and Halle Stanford. Rita Peruggi, a longtime Henson collaborator, is a producer; Henson's Blanca Lista and writers Jeffrey Addiss, Will Matthews and Javi Grillo-Marxuach are co-exec producers.