‘The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance’: Netflix Release Date, Plot, Cast & Trailer

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The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance – Copyright. The Jim Henson Company

Netflix and The Jim Henson Company are currently producing a prequel series to the 1982 fantasy film The Dark Crystal. For those that don’t know of The Dark Crystal here is the What’s on Netflix guide to The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance.

Jim Henson’s 1982 classic the Dark Crystal is a masterpiece of storytelling and puppetry. The Dark Crystal at the time was one of the most ambitious and expensive films ever made. With groundbreaking animatronics and film making techniques, Jim Henson’s classic is still one of the most visually captivating films of all time.

The story of The Dark Crystal takes place on the desolate planet of Thra. The ancient and evil race of Skesis rules the planet with an iron fist by using the power of the Dark Crystal. Before the Skesis can use the power of the crystal to grant themselves immortality a young Gelfing named Jen must restore a missing shard of the Crystal before the alignment of the 3 suns.

What is The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance?

The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance is a prequel series to the 1982 classic The Dark Crystal. Taking place prior to the events of The Dark Crystal, the story is centered around 3 Gelflings that discover the source of the evil Skesis power. Upon learning the vile creature’s secret, the trio undergoes a legendary quest to ignite the fires of rebellion and save the world of Thra.

Instead of CGI, the Jim Henson Company will honor the work upon which the company was built by using puppets and animatronics. Using the latest and state-of-the-art equipment, The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance is going to be beautiful.

Who is in the cast of The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance?

There are some huge names in the cast list below, which makes us even more excited for the series release!

The Gelflings & Other Wonderful Creatures
Role Actor/Actress Where have I seen/heard them before?
Rian Taron Egerton Kingsman: Secret Service | Sing | Robin Hood
Brea Anya Taylor-Joy Split| The Witch | The New Mutants
Deet Nathalie Emmanuel Game of Thrones | Misfits | Maze Runner
Aughra Donna Kimball The Happytime Murders | Catch Me If You Can | Patch Adams
Onica Natalie Dormer Game of Thrones | The Hunger Games | The Tudors
Naia Hannah John-Kamen Ant-Man and the Wasp | Ready Player One | Black Mirror
Baffi Dave Goelz Fraggle Rock | The Muppet Show | The Muppets
Tavra Caitriona Balfe Outlander | Escape Plan | Money Monster
All-Maudra Helena Bonham Carter Harry Potter | Fight Club | Les Miserables
Gurjin Harris Dickenson Beach Rats | Trust | Maleficent: Mistress of Evil
Cadia Eddie Izzard Ocean’s Thirteen | My Super Ex-Girlfriend | The Lego Batman Movie
Rek’yr Theo James Divergent | Insurgent | Allegiant
Librarian Toby Jones Harry Potter | Jurrasic World: Fallen Kingdom| Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Kylan Shazad Latif Star Trek: Discovery | The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Seladon Gugu Mbatha-Raw Beauty and the Beast| Black Mirror| The Cloverfield Paradox
Ordon Mark Strong Stardust| Sherlock Holmes| Kingsman: The Secret Service
Mira Alicia Vikander Ex-Machina| Tomb Raider| The Danish Girl
Muadra Argot Louise Gold The Dark Crystal | The Muppet Show | The Muppet Christmas Carol
Hup Victor Yerrid The Hangover | Forgetting Sarah Marshall | Robot Chicken
The Myth Speaker Sigourney Weaver Alien | Aliens | Ghostbusters
The Skesis
Role Actor/Actress Where have I seen/heard them before?
The Scientist Mark Hamill Star Wars| Batman: The Animated Series| The Flash
The Collector Awkwafina Crazy Rich Asians | Bad Neighbours | Ocean’s Eight
The Chamberlain Simon Pegg Shaun of the Dead| Hot Fuzz| Star Trek
The Emperor Jason Isaacs Harry Potter| Peter Pan| The Patriot
The Ritual Master Keegan-Michael Key The Predator| Let’s Be Cops| Tomorrowland: A World Beyond
The General Benedict Wong Doctor Strange | The Martian | Annihilation
The Heretic Andy Samberg Brooklyn Nine-Nine| That’s My Boy| Hotel Transylvania
The Gourmand Harvey Fierstein Mrs. Doubtfire | Torch Song Trilogy | Independance Day
The Hunter Ralph Ineson The Witch | Guardians of the Galaxy | The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
The Ornamentalist Alice Dinnean The Muppets. | Jm Henson’s Turkey Hollow | Buffy the Vampire Slayer
The Scroll Keeper Neil Sterenberg Star Wars: Episode VII | Fimbles | Muppets Most Wanted
The Mystics
Role Actor/Actress Where have I seen/heard them before?
The Archer Ólafur Darri Ólafsson True Detective | The Secret Life of Walter Mitty | The BFG

So far, only one of the mystics has been confirmed!


How many episodes will the first season air?

There will be a total of 10 episodes, with each with a roughly 30-minute run time. Planning on binging? Make sure to set aside of least 5 hours.

Where is production up to with The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance?

Thanks to an article released by EW, we now have an indication of just how far into production the series is. With some exclusive pictures from the news site (see in the gallery below), the Jim Henson Company has once again captured the magic of the original classic tale.

By now, filming is close to or has already concluded. According to IMDb, the series has been in post-production since December 2018. There will be a ton of editing that’ll go into The Dark Crystal, and we can expect some astounding voice work and an amazing score to accompany the series.

Are there any set photos?

The wonderful puppets of The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance and their actors

We’ve put a puppet to a face for all the confirmed actors in the upcoming series! As you’ll see below, there are some absolutely stunning designs from the minds behind the Jim Henson company:

The Gelflings & Other Wonderful Creatures:

The Skesis and Mystics

Is there a trailer for The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance?

The full trailer is here, and it suffice to say we cannot wait for the series to arrive!

Will there be a second season to The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance?

As of the time of writing, there are no plans for a second season. This, of course, depends on where the story finishes for the first season, but taking into consideration that the series is a prequel to the 1982 film, the story may only require one. Netflix hasn’t listed the series as limited, so watch this space.

There is a 12-issue sequel comic series to the Dark Crystal that could be adapted into a film.

When is the release date for The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance?

The first season of The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance will be arriving on Friday, the 30th of August!

Is The Dark Crystal (1982) on Netflix?

The following countries are currently streaming The Dark Crystal:

  • Argentina
  • Australia
  • Belgium
  • Brazil
  • Canada
  • Czech Republic
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hong Kong
  • Iceland
  • India
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Mexico
  • Netherlands
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Russia
  • Singapore
  • Slovakia
  • South Africa
  • South Korea
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Thailand
  • United Kingdom
  • United States

Are you excited for the release of The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance? Let us know in the comments below!

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Jacob joined What's on Netflix in 2018 as a fulltime writer having worked in numerous other industries until that point. Jacob covers all things Netflix whether that's TV or movies but specializes in covering new anime and K-dramas. Resides in Norwich in the United Kingdom.