'The Dark Crystal' Netflix Release Details Unveiled

Dark Crystal
Netflix will have a 10-episode prequel series based on the well-loved fantasy story "The Dark Crystal." (Photo: Facebook/darkcrystal)

Netflix and The Jim Henson Company have collaborated to release a 10-episode series based on the 1982 movie The Dark Crystal. Set for a 2019 debut on the streaming platform, the show will actually be a prequel called The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance

The animated series will run for 30 minutes per episode, as per What's On Netflix. Production began as far back as November 2017 but the technical scale of The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance, which makes of use puppets and animatronics, is a long and laborious process. 

The story of the Netflix show will take place several years before the events in the movie. It will follow three Gelflings who learn of the source of power of the Skesis. Together, they start a rebellion and go on a quest in the hopes of saving their planet Thra. 

In the film, it's a cruel Skesis that rules Thra with an iron fist, while a Gefling tries to restore the crystal with its missing shard. The fantasy story starred Jim Henson who lent his voice to the Gelfling Jen and Frank Oz as the Keeper of Secrets, Aughra. Oz, of course, is best known as the voice of Yoda in the Star Wars franchise. 

Heading the voice cast of The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance are Taron Egerton (as Rian), Nathalie Emmanuel (as Deet) and Anna Taylor-Joy (as Brea). They will be joined by a powerhouse of stars like Alicia Vikander (Tomb Raider), Caitriona Balfe (Outlander), Helena Bonham-Carter (The Crown), Theo James (The Divergent Series), Natalie Dormer (Game of Thrones), Eddie Izzard (Ocean's Thirteen), Shazad Latif (Star Trek: Discovery), Toby Jones (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy), Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Black Mirror), Mark Strong (Kingsman) and Harris Dickinson (Maleficent 2).

If those names aren't enough to spark the interest of viewers, Netflix also signed more voice talents for The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance. These are Mark Hamill (Star Wars),  Jason Isaacs (The OA), Andy Samberg (Brooklyn Nine-Nine), Simon Pegg (Mission Impossible), Keegan-Michael Key (Key and Peele), Ralph Ineson (Game of Thrones), Ólafur Darri Ólafsson (True Detective) and Harvey Fierstein (Torch Song). 

"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," Netflix executive Cindy Holland said after announcing the expanded cast. Entertainment Weekly also published photos to tease the look of the series. 

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