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‘Dark Crystal’ Prequel Gets Some Big Names- Including Mark Hamill

Netflix announced earlier this year that they would be making a 10 episode prequel to Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal. Mark Hamill, Caitriona Balfe, Andy Samberg are the newest additions to Netflix’s new prequel series.

Mark Hamill is best known for his work on Star Wars as well as his voice work in Batman the Animated Series as the Joker. Caitriona Balfe is best known for playing Claire Fraiser in the show Outlander by Starz. And then we have Andy Samberg who once ruled over Saturday Night Live, is part of the iconic Lonely Island and most recently stars in Brooklyn Nine-Nine. You may recognize Andy’s voice as Johnny from Hotel Transylvania 1,2, and 3.

The Dark Crystal prequel already had a pretty impressive cast and adding these names to the list just beefed it up a million times more. The key cast includes Taron Egerton from Kingsman, Anya Taylor-Joy from The Witch, and Nathalie Emmanuel from Game of Thrones. They are to play Rian, Brea and Deet who are the three Gelfling Heroes.

Rian to be voiced by Taron Egerton
Brea to be voiced by Anya Taylor-Joy
Deet to be voiced by Nathalie Emmanuel 

In addition to the three main heroes and Balfe, Gelfling voices will consist of:
Helena Bonham-Carter
Harris Dickinson
Eddie Izzard
Theo James
Toby Jones
Shazad Latif
Gugu Mbatha-Raw
Mark Strong
Alicia Vikander

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In addition to Hamill and Samberg the Skeksis & Mystics will consist of:
Harvey Fierstein
Ralph Ineson
Jason Isaacs
Keegan-Michael Key
Ólafur Darri Ólafsson
Simon Pegg

Aughra will be voiced by Donna Kimball

Extra characters will be voiced by the puppeteers.  It will be produced and directed by Louis Leterrier who you know from Now You See Me and the Incredible Hulk.

The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance will take place years before the events of the original film. Three heroic Gelflings find out that there is a dark secret to the Skeksis power and set out on a mission of rebellion to try and save their world.

They will be going back to the basics and using puppetry to try and recreate the world that Henson gave us years ago. Cindy Holland Vice President of Original Content for Netflix stated, “The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance will combine the art of puppetry perfected by The Jim Henson Company, with Louis’ vision, powerful storytelling and a mix of cutting-edge digital imagery and visual effects…I can’t wait for families around the world to see how we bring these unique characters to life.”

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