Even though we’re still two months away from the season premiere, there’s plenty of exciting news about the forthcoming prequel series to Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal being released out into the world. Netflix is ready to give fans of the original the nostalgia trip of a lifetime back to the world of Thra as the battle between the Gelflings and the evil Skeksis takes shape in the prequel series The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance.
The Dark Crystal originally released in 1982 during a boom in Henson’s career when his fantasy works was in great demand. Although The Dark Crystal initially earned mixed reviews, it went on to develop cult status and holds the honor of the fourth highest-grossing puppet film of all time.
Netflix first first announced Age of Resistance back in 2017. At the time, it was confirmed that Jim Henson’s Creature Shop and The Dark Crystal conceptual designer Brian Froud would return to help to create new puppets and sets for the prequel series. So the look and feel of the original film should be preserved for a new generation of viewers. As seen in the first trailer and new images from the series, the cast and crew of Age of Resistance will be bringing a wholly unique version of Henson’s original creation to the streaming giant. It’s going to be major, folks.
Here’s everything we know about The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance, including the release date, plot, cast, and a closer look via the first teaser trailer. Make sure you read up because there is plenty of news to digest now and there’s so little time to do it.
When Is The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance Release Date?
Clear your schedule for the final week of August. The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance arrives in its entirety on Netflix August 30, 2019.
Is There a Trailer For The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance?
The first teaser trailer for The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance arrived on May 30, 2019. The focus of the teaser was setting up the look and feel of the Dark Crystal world. Fans got to see how the puppetry made famous by Jim Henson in his 1982 film (as well as other films) would be translated for audiences old and new.
Because Age of Resistance will be a prequel series to The Dark Crystal, the story of how the Skesis came into power with the help of the Dark Crystal is the focus of the trailer. We’re also introduced to one of the lead characters, Deet (voiced by Game of Thrones alum Nathalie Emmanuel), who learns about the power of the Dark Crystal and the Darkening it will bring to Thra.
How Many Episodes Are in The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance Season 1?
There are 10 episodes in The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance. Each episode will be one hour long.
What Is the Plot of The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance
As seen in the first trailer, The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance will act as a prequel series to The Dark Crystal. Per the official synopsis, the series will follow three Gelflings — Deet (Emmanuel), Rian (voiced by Taron Egerton), and Brea (voiced by Anya Taylor-Joy) who “discover the horrifying secret behind the Skeksis’ power, and set out to ignite the fires of rebellion and save their world.”
Who Is in the Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance Cast?
In June, just two months before the series is set to premiere, Entertainment Weekly confirmed three new cast members for the Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance cast. Those new actors are:
- Awkwafina as “The Collector”
- Lena Headey as “Maudra Fara”
- Sigourney Weaver as “The Myth-Speaker”
EW didn’t share any further specifics about any of the characters. Based on the names, it sounds like Awkwafina and Weaver’s characters are connected somehow but we’re not too sure yet. What we do know is that each of these actors has skills as a voice actor, having lent their voices to some fan-favorite shows in the past. Recently, Awkwafina voiced multiple characters on Netflix’s Tuca & Bertie and The Simpsons; Headey’s past voice acting credits include stints on Danger Mouse and Cartoon Network’s Uncle Grandpa; Weaver has done voice acting for a number of films, appearing in Wall-E, The Tale of Desperaux, and the Adult Swim cartoon Futurama.
Previously, we learned (thanks to the power of IMDb) that the Age of Resistance is the definition of stacked. Character names are listed sparingly on the cast’s credits page on IMDb but that doesn’t detract from the fact that this series has a true murderer’s row of talent.
Among the cast highlights are:
- Anya Taylor-Joy as “Brea”
- Taron Egerton as “Rian”
- Nathalie Emmanuel as “Deet”
- Alicia Vikander
- Helena Bonham Carter
- Mark Strong
- Simon Pegg
- Gugu Mbatha-Raw
- Keegan Michael-Key
- Mark Hamill
- Nathalie Dormer
Not to mention familiar faces like Andy Samberg, Jason Isaacs, Theo James (Divergent), Toby Jones (Captain America), Eddie Izzard, Harvey Fierstein, and Caitriona Balfe (Outlander). Aside from the actors whose character names are listed, the identities of other characters have been hidden from IMDb, so we’re not too sure which actor’s voice will give life to which character.
Every actor cast in Age of Resistance is going to bring something truly special to the table. Keep your ears open and see if you can correctly identify who is playing who as you watch.
Who Directed The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance?
Netflix recruited Louis Leterrier, a director with experience in action and fantasy films, to direct all 10 episodes of The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance. Leterrier’s past credits include: Transporter 2; The Incredible Hulk (the Ed Norton one); Clash of the Titans; Now You See Me; and, last but not least, The Brothers Grimsby.
Leterrier shared a message for fans on the official Dark Crystal website, expressing his love for the world Jim Henson created and what he hopes to achieve with this new series. His message reads in part:
As a filmmaker, one of my earliest influences was Jim Henson’s masterpiece The Dark Crystal, a movie that brought to life a universe rich in detail and teeming with incredible characters. The creativity in the film was limitless and groundbreaking for that time, restricted only by the special effects tools of its day. As I envision Age of Resistance, I am most excited about joining today’s film techniques with the practical visual effects that are such an integral part of The Dark Crystal – the artistry, the craftsmanship, the performances, and of course the puppets!
Is There a Place I Can Read More About the World of The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance?
The lore around the world, history, and characters of The Dark Crystal is as dense as it is enthralling. If what you’ve read here piques your interest and you want to do an even deeper dive as part of your Age of Resistance pre-game, you can head over to the official Dark Crystal website to do more reading.
The sections titled “Mythology,” “Encyclopedia,” and “Glossary” are of particular note. There you’ll be able to not only learn key phrases and historical events within the world of Dark Crystal, but you’ll get a more in-depth look at the landscape of Thra, the inhabitants, the key players, and more familiarity with what’s at stake for these characters.
How Can I Watch The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance?
If you made it to this point and you haven’t guessed already, you’ll be able to watch The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance only on Netflix.
The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance arrives on Netflix August 30, 2019.