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An All Star Cast For: The Dark Crystal Age Of Resistance

When I came late to the Dark Crystal party, I was already in my 20’s when I finally got round to watching the original movie and though flawed I absolutely loved it. Of course it is no secret to those close to me that Jim Henson is a hero of mine, he was a creative genius who sadly was never truly appreciated in his day and it is just fantastic that his work continues so many years after his death.

The Dark Crystal Age Of Resistance follows three Gelflings—Rian, Brea and Deet who inspire a rebellion against the Skeksis when they discover a horrifying secret behind their power that threatens their world of Thra. To help create this world the creative team went back to the original film, then to it’s art book – which further helped round the world out and finally they drew inspiration from The Last Airbender and A Song of Ice and Fire, so you just know that the world they built is going to be amazing.

To further help bring the world to life they have redesigned the puppets so they are now more versatile and realistic. Not only that but they recruited Muppet veteran Dave Goelz and The Dark Crystal’s concept artist Brian Froud participating in performing and designing the characters. Of course all that would be for nothing without a talented cast and as casts go this 10 episode series might have the best one yet –

  • Taron Egerton as Rian: A Gelfling crystal castle guard of the Stonewood Clan

  • Anya Taylor-Joy as Brea: A Gelfling princess of the Vapra Clan

  • Nathalie Emmanuel as Deet: A Gelfling animal carer of the Grottan Clan

  • Donna Kimball as Aughra: The embodiment of the planet Thra and an astronomer

  • Eddie Izzard as Cadia: A member of the Sifa Clan and Onica’s father

  • Helena Bonham Carter as Maudra Mayrin/The All-Maudra: Leader of the Vapra Clan, the Gelfling queen and mother of Seladon, Tavra and Brea

  • Caitriona Balfe as Tavra: A warrior of the Vapra Clan and one of Brea’s sisters

  • Harris Dickinson as Gurjin: A member of the Drenchen Clan and Rian’s best friend

  • Shazad Latif as Kylan: A song teller of the Spriton Clan

  • Toby Jones as The Librarian: A member of the Vapra Clan who works in the library of the Vapra Citadel

  • Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Seladon: A member of the Vapra Clan and one of Brea’s sisters

  • Lena Headey as Maudra Fara/The Rock Singer: Leader of the Stonewood Clan

  • Alicia Vikander as Mira: A member of the Vapra Clan, a crystal castle guard and Rian’s girlfriend

  • Hannah John-Kamen as Naia: A member of the Drenchen Clan and Gurjin’s twin sister

  • Natalie Dormer as Onica: A member of the Sifa Clan

  • Mark Strong as Ordon: A member of the Stonewood Clan and Rian’s father

  • Theo James as Rek’yr: A member of the Dousan Clan

  • Louise Gold as Maudra Argot/The Shadow Bender: Leader of the Grottan Clan

  • Kemi-Bo Jacobs as Maudra Seethi/The Skin Painter: Leader of the Dousan Clan

  • Victor Yerrid as Hup: A friend of Deet

  • Ólafur Darri Ólafsson as urVa/The Archer: The urRu/Mystic counterpart of skekMal

  • Simon Pegg as skekSil/The Chamberlain: The second in line to the Emperor’s throne.

  • Awkwafina as skekLach/The Collector: A cunning Skeksis who loves to collect living creatures.

  • Jason Isaacs as skekSo/The Emperor: Leader of the Skeksis and the cruel ruler of the Planet Thra.

  • Benedict Wong as skekUng/The General: The quick tempered commander of the Silkspitter army.

  • Harvey Fierstein as skekAyuk/The Gourmand: The organizer of the Skeksis banquets.

  • Andy Samberg as skekVar/The Heretic: A Skeksis who is against the beliefs of the other Skeksis.

  • Ralph Ineson as skekMal/The Hunter: The wildest and most brutal of the Skeksis.

  • Alice Dinnean as skekEkt/The Ornamentalist: The designer of the Skeksis garments.

  • Keegan-Michael Key as skekZok/The Ritual Master: The high priest of the Ceremony of the Sun.

  • Mark Hamill as skekTek/The Scientist: An old friend of Aughra who now uses the Dark Crystal for experiments.

  • Neil Sterenberg as skekOk/The Scroll Keeper: The Crystal Castle’s historian.

  • Dave Goelz as Baffi: An eyepatch wearing Fizzgig

  • Sigourney Weaver as The Myth Speaker

You have an inspirational trailer that will get you pumped, a great cast, an amazing idea and  a lot of hard work – this looks like another win for Netflix.

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