Netflix also released the first images from their upcoming fantasy movie
Forget about Friday the 13th, A Nightmare on Elm Street, and Halloween. The 80s movie that kept my nightlight on as a child is Frank Oz and Jim Henson’s 1982 fantasy, The Dark Crystal. The film takes place on an alien planet and follows Jen, an elf-like creature called a Gefling, who seeks a magical crystal that can restore order to their world. If you’re unfamiliar with the movie, imagine a Lord of the Rings collaboration between Tim Burton and Guillermo del Toro told with puppets, and you get the picture.
Upon its release, the film didn’t win over critics or ignite the box office and went off into the sad place where promising franchises go to die. Despite its initial lack of success, The Dark Crystal gained a strong cult following over the past few decades. So, it wasn’t a huge surprise last year when Netflix released a teaser trailer for their upcoming follow-up, The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance. Check it out below.
Netflix hasn’t shared many details on what we can expect from the new project, but bet on one thing: puppets that will haunt your dreams. Today Netflix announced the film’s stacked voice cast. Taron Egerton (Kingsman), Anya Taylor-Joy (The Witch), and Nathalie Emmanuel (Game of Thrones) star as a trio of Gefling heroes named Rian, Brea, and Deet. But the solid casting doesn’t end there.
Other Gefling characters are voiced by:
Caitriona Balfe (Outlander)
Helena Bonham-Carter (The King’s Speech)
Harris Dickinson (forthcoming Maleficent 2)
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)
Alicia Vikander (Tomb Raider)
The Skeksis & Mystics are voiced by:
Harvey Fierstein (Torch Song)
Mark Hamill (Knightfall, Star Wars)
Ralph Ineson (Game of Thrones)
Jason Isaacs (The OA)
Keegan-Michael Key (Key and Peele)
Ólafur Darri Ólafsson (True Detective)
Simon Pegg (Mission Impossible)
Andy Samberg (Brooklyn Nine-Nine)
Aughra is voiced by:
Aughra – Donna Kimball (The Happytime Murders)
Netflix also dropped three new images from Age of Resistance. Take a look:
The media landscape has seen many changes since The Dark Crystal’s 1982 release. TV shows and films like Bojack Horseman and The Happytime Murders have taught audiences that not everything featuring cartoon characters and puppets is meant for young kids. It’s a fact the denizens of 1982 couldn’t wrapped their minds around.
Also working in the series favour, the audience for genre entertainment has exploded in recent year. Game of Thrones and Beauty and the Beast murdered the notion that fantasies are only for the D&D crowd. Plus, Netflix reaches a wider audience than any theatrical rollout. When The Dark Crystal finished its theatrical run, most homes didn’t even own a VCRs, which limited the potential to recoup costs on home media.
I’m looking forward to this long-awaited follow-up even though Netflix doesn’t have the strongest track record peddling its genre film content. Mute, The Cloverfield Paradox, The Titan, Tau, and Extinction all left me feeling like I could have made better use of my two-hours. Fortunately, Netflix peppers in just enough fun titles like Sense 8 and Lost in Space, that keep me coming back for more.
Here is Netflix’s official synopsis:
Based on The Dark Crystal, Jim Henson’s ground-breaking 1982 feature film, The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance tells a new epic story, set many years before the events of the movie, and realized using classic puppetry with cutting-edge visual effects. The world of Thra is dying. The Crystal of Truth is at the heart of Thra, a source of untold power. But it is damaged, corrupted by the evil Skeksis, and a sickness spreads across the land. When three Gelfling uncover the horrific truth behind the power of the Skeksis, an adventure unfolds as the fires of rebellion are lit and an epic battle for the planet begins.
The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance will debut on Netflix in 2019.