Two years after we learned that Netflix and The Jim Henson Company are working on “The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance” – the precursor of James Henson and Frank Oz’s Revolutionary Puppet Classics of 1982, “The Dark Crystal”, we finally have a fixed premiere date that was revealed in the beginning of the past week, and we also got new photos.
We have to remind you that the action of “The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance” takes place many years before the events of The Dark Crystal. Tara’s world have died. The Crystal of Truth, the heart of Tara, a source of immeasurable power, is damaged by the malicious race of the Skeksis, and misery and sickness rule the lands. When the three Gelflings – Rian, Brea and Deet, discover the horrific mystery of the Skeksis, they take on an epic journey to ignite the fires of rebellion, and the epic battle to save the world begins.
Besides looking at the main characters – Rian, Brea and Deet, which we have already seen and are voiced by Taron Egerton, Anja Taylor-Joy and Nathalie Emanuel, the new photos allow us to peek into the world of the Skeksis.
Even these photos are enough to get us excited. They world sems wonderful and we are very happy to see they have kept the style of the original “Dark Crystal”, which we are huge fans of (fingers crossed they keep the spirit of the series too). Director Louis Leterrier (who would have guessed) says he had to fight to be allowed to use dolls instead of CGI
“I did not fight”with anyone specifically, I fought with common sense and practicality. It’s so complicated to make a doll, hire a puppeteer and everything else. We chose the long and hardest road and we are very grateful [we did]. It looks absolutely stunning.”
We can not wait to see a trailer on “The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance,” as well as the series itself, of course, which will last 10 episodes – an hour each.
In addition to the aforementioned, Egerton, Taylor-Joy and Emmanuel, we will also hear the voices of Caitriona Balfe, Helena Bonham Carter, Harris Dickinson, Natalie Dormer, Eddie Izzard, Theo James, Toby Jones, Shazad Latif, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Mark Strong, Alicia Vikander and Donna Kimbal. Among the Skeksis are Harvey Fierstein, Mark Hamill, Ralph Ineson, Jason Isaacs, Keegan-Michael Key, Olafur Darri Olafsson, Simon Pegg and Andy Samberg. Impressive cast really.
“The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance” director is Louis Leterrier (“Transporter 2”, “The Incredible Hulk”, “Now You See Me”, “Grimsby”). The script is produced by Jeffrey Addiss and Will Matthews (“Life in a Year”) and Javier Grillo-Marxuach (“Lost”, “The 100”), who are co-executive producers alongside Blanca Lista . Lisa Henson, Halle Stanford and Louis Leterrier are executive producers, and producer is Jim Henson’s long-time partner Ritamarie Peruggi.
The premiere is on August 30 on Netflix.