Netflix’s release date and first look for The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance


Netflix has announced that The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance is set to be released on August 30 of this year. Netflix has also released a number of first look photos of the Jim Henson prequel series.

Netflix’s highly anticipated and all star The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance has set a release date for August 30, according to a report from Deadline.

The series is a prequel to Jim Henson’s classic 1982 film The Dark Crystal, in which a Gelfling named Jen sets off on a quest to restore balance to his world by returning the broken shard of a powerful gem. The upcoming series tells the story of the Gelfling rebellion, in which three Gelfling learn the horrifying secret behind the Skeksis’ power and set out on an adventure to reveal the truth and begin a rebellion to save their world.

The original film incorporated many distictive and groundbreaking stylistic and animatronic innovations, thanks mostly to the vision and creativity of Jim Henson and his team. If the first look photos released by Netflix are any indication, the series will stay true to that stylistic foundation.

The series looks every bit like it belongs in the world of Thra, which is no surprise considering that the series is produced by The Jim Henson Company and executive produced by Lisa Henson, Jim Henson’s daughter. Still, in a time of reboots and reimaginings, one never knows what bright idea might have pushed for an unnecessary and inappropriate re-styling of the world.

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In addition to the involvment of The Jim Henson Company and the fantastic first look photos, the series is also ridiculously well cast, with names like Mark Hamill, Eddie Izzard, Simon Pegg, Andy Samberg, and Keegan-Michael Key in prominent roles. Other stars include Taron Egerton, Anya Taylor-Joy, and Nathalie Emmanuel as the three main Gelflings, with 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 in other Gelfling roles.

The Skeksis and the Mystics are voiced by Harvey Fierstein, Mark Hamill, Ralph Ineson, Jason Isaacs, Keegan-Michael Key, Ólafur Darri Ólafsson, Simon Pegg, Andy Samberg. And as always, additional voices will be provided by the talented Jim Henson puppeteers.

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The series will be directed by showrunner Louis Leterrier who also executive produces the series alongside Lisa Henson, Halle Stanford, Jeffrey Addiss, Will Matthews, Javier Grillo-Marxuach, and Blanca Lista.

Source: Deadline