Netflix reveals first photos of 'Dark Crystal' prequel series starring Mark Hamill


Jim Henson‘s beloved fantasy film The Dark Crystal is getting a Netflix spinoff series, and we have your first look at the new prequel.

Set years before the events of the 1982 film, The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance focuses on the world of Thra, which is dying because of damage to the Crystal of Truth, the heart of Thra’s power. The evil Skeksis are behind the Crystal’s corruption. Three young Gelfling discover the terrible secret and embark on a rebellious adventure to save the planet from darkness.

Taron Egerton, Anya Taylor-Joy and Nathalie Emmanuel voice the three heroes: Rian, Brea and Deet. Among those giving voice to the villains: Mark Hamill, Andy Samberg, Harvey Fierstein, Jason Isaacs, Keegan-Michael Key and Simon Pegg.

Nathalie Emmanuel voices Deet in <em>Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance.</em> (Photo: Netflix)
Nathalie Emmanuel voices Deet in Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance. (Photo: Netflix)

The voice cast also features Caitriona Balfe (Outlander), Helena Bonham-Carter (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows), Natalie Dormer (Game of Thrones), Eddie Izzard (Ocean’s Thirteen), Theo James (The Divergent Series), Toby Jones (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy), Shazad Latif (Star Trek: Discovery), Gugu Mbatha-Raw (The Cloverfield Paradox), Mark Strong (Kingsman) and Alicia Vikander (Tomb Raider).

“To match the stunning visual world of The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance, we knew we had to entice some incredible voice talent to add dimension to the exquisite artistry of the puppeteers who bring the characters to life,” says Cindy Holland, Netflix’s VP of original series.

“I am proud to say that this may be one of the finest casts assembled from the world’s favorite TV shows and movies, and I am now even more excited for fans to come back to Thra with us, and for new viewers to discover this world for the very first time.”

Anya Taylor-Joy voices Brea in <em>The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance</em>. (Photo: Netflix)
Anya Taylor-Joy voices Brea in The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance. (Photo: Netflix)

Added Lisa Henson, CEO of the Jim Henson Company, “It is humbling to see so many truly gifted actors join The Dark Crystal universe by adding their voices to Age of Resistance.

“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.”

The original Dark Crystal film took seven years to make and it was the first in the history of cinema to have an all-puppet cast.

The original characters were conceived by Brian Froud and brought to life by Jim Henson’s Creature Shop, though this time there will be a mix of puppets and visual effects used to bring the world of Thra to life.

<em>The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance</em> stars Taron Egerton as Rian.
The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance stars Taron Egerton as Rian.

The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance will launch globally on Netflix in 2019.

Watch a trailer for the original Dark Crystal: