A prequel to Jim Henson's 'The Dark Crystal' is happening with old school puppetry and a voice cast studded with stars.
Remember The Dark Crystal? A gem created by Jim Henson which made our childhood better? Yeah, the movie released in 1982 is now getting a prequel after thirty-seven years and we can't keep calm! But, instead of a prequel movie, Dark Crystal is returning as a TV series on your favorite binge watching streaming platform, Netflix.
The fantasy show will take us all on a dark ride and have 10-episodes to treat our eyes. And, it gets better. While all major movies and TV shows these days are using high tech animation and CGI to enhance their graphics, the Dark Crystal will stick to its puppetry roots!
That's right, the highly anticipated prequel will be 100% old school puppetry as Jim Henson intended it to be and the characters won't be messed up by CGI, phew. And, to hype up the already HYPED prequel, Netflix has released some more exclusive pictures, introducing us to the characters and how they would look like in the series and boy, do they look AMAZING! But, try not to drool already and wait till you hear the voice cast of the show.
Taron Egerton from Kingsman, Anya Taylor Joy from the Witch and Split, and Nathalie Emmanuel from Game Of Thrones will be voicing for Rian, Brea, and Deet, the three Gelfing heroes. And that's not all. Caitriona Balfe, Helena Bonham-Carter, Harris Dickinson, Natalie Dormer, Eddie Izzard, Theo James from the Divergent Series, Toby Jones, Shazad Latif from Star Trek, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Mark Strong from Kingsman and Alicia Vikander of Tomb Raider will be the voices behind the other characters in the show and honestly, we can't wait for the show to premiere!
According to Bloody Disgusting, 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) will be voicing the Mystics and Skeksis in the Netflix series. Like I said before, the prequel's voice cast is studded with the biggest of stars.
Director Louis Terrier, when asked about the show during a ComicCon held in New York, revealed that the only CGI "The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance" will be using would be green-screening, in order to remove the puppeteers from the screen. “We’re not using CGI on this one. It’s puppets, man. Puppets!” Louis told the crowd. "People have asked what the newest technology we’re bringing to this is, and I say, ‘Well it’s actually really old technology: green screen."
"We’re removing puppeteers where they are physically moving the puppets from the outside. But Jim didn’t have the ability to do that at the time of the movie. So even though that’s a really old visual effects technique, it’s an advance on the film. We were so pleased that it’s still pure puppetry because if you take the puppeteers out, they’re still moved by the puppeteers," he added. Netflix, along with The Jim Henson Company, announced working together on a prequel last year.
As far as the plot of the series is concerned, Lisa Henson, the CEO and the president of the Jim Henson Company, revealed, "In the original movie, Jen and Kira stop at the Wall of Destiny and they see the ruins of what was once a beautiful Gefling culture, and we took that as a jumping off point for the whole series,” Henson teased.
“What was that culture, what was lost, what was that beautiful Gefling civilization? It’s very developed, with a big canvas with many different groups of Gelflings…it’s rich.” Will you be watching? The official release date of the series isn't out yet but it is expected to release later this year. Watch the trailer below!