Netflix's 10-part series is a prequel to the 1982 Jim Henson cult classic film, in which viewers were introduced to the world of Thra, where the malevolent Skeksis use the power of the magical Crystal of Truth to replenish themselves and enslave the gentle race known as the Gelfling. A young Gelfling named Jen is taken in by the kind wizards known as Mystics and must fulfill his destiny to overthrow the Skeksis.
The new series takes place many years before the events of the movie and follows three Gelfling who discover the horrifying secret to how the Skeksis obtain their power. The cave-dwelling Deet voiced by Nathalie Emmanuel is called forth to take on something called the Darkening, while bookworm Brea Anya Taylor-Joy is tired of her princess life and seeks out the answer to a vision. Meanwhile, palace guard Rian voiced by Taron Egerton stumbles upon a horrifying secret and must spread the word that “Everything the Skeksis have ever told us was a lie.” The fires of insurrection are stoked, and the friends go on an epic journey to save the planet from a sickness that has spread across the land.
Netflix has released a trailer for The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance that hints at the ambitious scope for the prequel to Jim Henson's 1982 film.
The 10-episode series is set many years before the events of the movie and follows three Gelfling voiced by Taron Egerton, Anya Taylor-Joy and Nathalie Emmanuel as they uncover the truth behind the power of the evils Skeksis — the Crystal of Truth — and set out on an epic journey to light the fires of rebellion and save their world.
The show mixes puppetry from a number of long-time Henson collaborators and modern visual effects to tell its story. Age of Resistance also features an all-star voice cast that includes Caitriona Balfe, Helena Bonham Carter, Harris Dickinson, Natalie Dormer, Eddie Izzard, Theo James, Toby Jones, Shazad Latif, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Mark Strong, Lena Headey, Mark Hamill, Keegan-Michael Key, Olafur Darri Olafsson, Jason Isaacs, Simon Pegg, Andy Samberg and Awkafina. Sigourney Weaver narrates.
Netflix previewed the series' first episode at Comic-Con in July to a very positive reception from the Hall H crowd.
Louis Leterrier Now You See Me directed all 10 episodes and executive produces with Lisa Henson and Halle Stanford. Jeffrey Addiss and Will Matthews, Javier Grillo-Marxuach and Blanca Lista are co-exec producers.
The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance premieres Aug. 30 on Netflix. Watch the trailer below.
On Friday, Netflix aired the first episode from its highly-anticipated series “The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance,” delighting fans crowded into San Diego Comic-Con's Hall H — and the streaming giant additionally released a sneak peek of a “making of” documentary special that will serve almost as an 11th episode of the series.
The documentary will allow audiences an opportunity to experience the intricate, handcrafted artwork that populates every frame of “Resistance,” director Louis Leterrier explained at a press conference before the panel.
“Resistance” has been in the works for over five years and is a prequel, not a reboot, of the original 1982 feature film “The Dark Crystal”. The timeline caused some questioning if fans would be distracted during the series by knowing where the story eventually ends up.
“We don't really expect the audience to be thinking about that when they're watching this,” executive producer — and daughter of Jim Henson, creator of “The Muppets” and co-director of the original film — Lisa Henson remarked when asked, speaking to the poetic nature of knowing our own narratives will change profoundly in the far future.
In addition to Henson and Leterrier, the panel featured stars Taron Egerton and Mark Hamill, both of whom reveled in the ability to participate in the project. “To be able to do the things you loved as a kid,” Mark Hamill remarked, “I'm the luckiest guy in the world. I’m so grateful.”
“The amount of craft that goes into the making of the puppets, the artistry that goes into those creatures, and then the guys who operate them. We arrive and it’s there. It’s inspiring in itself, the work that everyone else has done kind of feeds your performance,” Egerton said.
It's that level of craftsmanship that spurred the creation of the documentary, in order to better expose the extensive work put into the tangible elements that underlie any kind of computer enhancement on the series.
“CGI is the norm now,” Leterrier said, but puppets provided a wonderful obsolescence that he wanted to shine a light on. “There's more puppeteering, more captured on camera than on anything I've ever done.”
Those involved also could not say enough about the puppeteers who committed to bringing the series to life. “Every shot was the most complicated shot of my career. But the true heroes are the puppeteers,” Leterrier said, a sentiment that Henson shared earlier in the day.
“We can never forget about the incredibly hard work of the puppeteers. It's extreme physicality,” Henson said. “It's hard to explain. You just have to see it and see the nuance and delicacy.”
Fans don't have much longer to wait. “The Dark Crystal: The Age of Resistance” premieres Aug. 30 on Netflix.
“The Terror: Infamy,” Chester Nakayama Derek Mio has big dreams to become a photographer, but his latest pictures are looking kind of funny, as can be seen below. AMC released a brand-new trailer at Comic-Con on Friday that leans into the J-horror inherent in this season’s mystery.
In its first season, the anthology series investigated what happened to Captain Franklin’s famed lost expedition, in which all 129 men aboard two Royal Navy ships were lost after they became icebound seeking the Northwest Passage. This season takes place during World War II, specifically during the internment of Japanese-Americans following the attack on Pearl Harbor.
Chester Nakayama is living on Terminal Island when his life is turned upside-down by the government and by a mysterious presence that has been haunting the community. The trailer mentions terms such as “yurei” — figures from Japanese folklore that are similar to ghosts — and “bakemono,” loosely translated as a shapeshifter.
The series also stars Kiki Sukezane “Westworld,” “Heroes: Reborn”, Cristina Rodlo “Miss Bala”, Shingo Usami “Unbroken”, Naoko Mori “Everest”, and Miki Ishikawa “9-1-1”. Renowned actor, producer, author and activist George Takei “Star Trek” appears as an elder in the community called Yamamoto-San and also serves as a consultant on the series. As a young boy, Takei was forced into a concentration camp with his family.
It appears that the horrors that men do might be equal to the horrors from the supernatural world.
Take a look at the creepy new trailer for “The Terror: Infamy” below:
“The Terror: Infamy” premieres Monday, Aug. 12 at 9 p.m. ET on AMC.
It's been over a decade since the film adaptation of the first installment in Philip Pullman's “His Dark Materials” trilogy was visited like a scourge upon fans of the books, and now the landmark young adult fantasy series is finally getting the adaptation it deserves.
It's about time.
“I thought it was time for the books to be liberated in a space that could do them justice,” executive producer Jane Tranter said during the Comic-Con panel for HBO's upcoming “His Dark Materials” television iteration. Tranter, a former BBC executive who oversaw the resurrection of “Doctor Who”, said that the real estate of contemporary television meant that the books would be allowed the space to sound each note that Pullman sounded in the novels.
It was music to the ears of a crowded Hall H audience who was treated to a brand new trailer for the series, which is scheduled to debut on HBO in the fall. Nearly three minutes long, fans got a further glimpse into a world not so dislike our own, save for the animal companions, the multitudes of air ships, and the armored bears.
Armored bears. Because what a killing machine needs is better defenses.
The panel also allowed for insights from several prominent cast members, including Dafne Keen, who plays series protagonist Lyra, Ruth Wilson Marisa Coulter, Lin-Manuel Miranda Lee Scoresby, and James McAvoy Lord Asriel.
The Scottish actor is pulling double duty at SDCC, appearing Wednesday night at a panel promoting his upcoming film “It Chapter Two,” and shared that he was actually a last-minute addition to the cast of “His Dark Materials,” and recounted his literal casting call as someone ringing him up, saying “You want to come play Lord Asriel starting on Friday?”
McAvoy said that he agreed to the role, in part due to his familiarity with the books, which he said he'd previously read “like three times.” But Miranda had an even more impressive attachment to the series of novels.
“His Dark Materials” stars Dafne Keen as Lyra with Pan.
“When my wife and I started dating, we read these books together,” Miranda said, much to the delight of the audience, who responded with a collective “Aww!”
And while Keen said she'd never before read the books, pointing out that they'd been written before she was born, after getting the part she immediately read them, and in describing the experience she was temporarily rendered speechless.
“I did not close the books,” she said when she found the words, “They're so fun. They're so entertaining. They're so good. I don't know how [Philip] gets these ideas.”
All of the actors also delighted in talking about their animal counterparts in the series, called daemons, which serve as the outward representation of a person's soul.
“One of the really cool things about this world is when you're a child, before puberty, your daemon is changeable, when you start to settle on who you actually are, your daemon also settles,” McAvoy summarized, before explaining that since Lord Asriel's daemon settled as a snow leopard, he was obviously a badass.
Lord Asriel’s daemon Stelmaria, voiced by Helen McCrory.
Miranda, whose character Lee Scoresby has an arctic hare for a companion, found himself totally taken with his daemon, represented on-set by a puppet and likening it to seeing children visit the set of “Sesame Street,” where they completely ignore the puppeteer and speak straight to Elmo.
The “Hamilton” genius also shared with audiences that his first appearance in the series features he and his daemon Hester singing a duet. “We're like our own little buddy cop movie in the middle of the show,” he said.
Clarke Peters with the daemon of Marisa Coulter.
“It really helps you as an actor because you really see the interior life of the character,” Keen explained of her relationship to her daemon Pantalaimon or Pan, who often takes the form of a snow-white ermine, “because it's talking to yourself but not, because it's outside of you.”
“That really show's Lyra's love towards herself,” she continued, “and so you can see the different relationships all the characters have with themselves.”
Netflix is heading down to San Diego Comic-Con with a pair of their highly anticipated new series The Witcher and The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance . The streaming giant will take the stage at the coveted Hall H on July 19.
The original series The Witcher will be the first to take the stage on Friday, July 19 from 2:15 pm to 3 pm. Based on the best-selling fantasy series of books, The Witcher is an epic tale of fate and family. Be among the first to get the exclusive scoop on the highly anticipated new Netflix original series centering around famed monster hunter, Geralt of Rivia. Be introduced to the world of The Continent, where humans, elves, witchers, gnomes, and monsters battle to survive and thrive, and where good and evil is not easily identified.
Henry Cavill leads the show as Geralt of Rivia which has set Lauren Schmidt Hissrich Marvel's Daredevil, The Umbrella Academy as writer, executive producer and showrunner of the series. The cast also includes Freya Allan The War of the Worlds, Into The Badlands as Ciri, Anya Chalotra T he ABC Murders, Wanderlust as Yennefer, Jodhi May Game of Thrones, Genius as Calanthe, Björn Hlynur Haraldsson Fortitude as Eist, Adam Levy Knightfall, Snatch as Mousesack, MyAnna Buring Ripper Street, Kill List as Tissaia, Mimi Ndiweni Black Earth Rising as Fringilla, Therica Wilson-Read Profile as Sabrina, and Millie Brady The Last Kingdom, Teen Spirit as Renfri.
Following The Witcher will be the prequel based on Jim Henson's groundbreaking 1982 feature film, The Dark Crystal. The panel, which is slated to take the Hall H dais from 3:30 pm to 5:15 pm, will give a sneak peek of the fantasy series The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance. In the prequel, three Gelfling discover the horrifying secret behind the Skeksis' power and set out on an epic journey to ignite the fires of rebellion and save their world. Realized using classic puppetry with cutting edge visual effects, the cast and creators discuss all of your burning questions about bringing Thra to life.
The series includes a robust roster of voice talent with Taron Egerton, Anya Taylor-Joy, and Nathalie Emmanuel leading as Rian, Brea and Deet, the three aforementioned Gelfling heroes. Other Gelfling characters are voiced by 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. The Skeksis & Mystics are voiced by Harvey Fierstein, Mark Hamill, Ralph Ineson, Jason Isaacs, Keegan-Michael Key, Ólafur Darri Ólafsson, Simon Pegg, Andy Samberg. It was also recently announced that Lena Headey, Benedict Wong, Awkwafina, Sigourney Weaver, Hannah John-Kamen and Dave Goelz had joined the voice cast.
The full lineup for both panels has yet to be announced.
Deadline will be on the ground in San Diego for the confab. Attending Comic-Con will be Editorial director Anthony D'Alessandro, Associate Editor Dino-Ray Ramos, Hero Nation columnist Geoff Boucher and senior editor Dominic Patten who will all be breaking all the news inside and outside the Convention Center.