Ahead of its global Netflix debut on 30 August, The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance is getting the royal treatment at London's BFI Southbank. 

The Netflix series introduces an array of new characters, including Deet, voiced by Nathalie Emma. Image courtesy Netflix

On from now through 6 September, The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance Exhibition features character studies, original puppets and props, and recreated sets from the 1982 cult classic. 

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Directed by Jim Henson and Frank Oz, the fantasy film takes place in Thra, a world populated by heroic Gelflings, villainous Skeksis, and wise Mystics, and the ten-episode series returns to that strange land, before the events of the original, when Gelflings Jen and Kira sought to repair the crystal that would bring balance to the universe.  

The Chamberlain is another new character, a Skeksis voiced by Simon Pegg. Image courtesy Netflix

“What Jim wanted to do, and it was totally his vision, was to get back to the darkness of the original Grimm’s fairy tales. He thought it was fine to scare children. He didn’t think it was healthy for children to always feel safe,” Oz told SFGate in 2007, when the film enjoyed a brief theatrical return. “It was an incredible undertaking. It was massive.”

The sets on display are colorful, creative, and befitting of the movie's legacy. Image courtesy Netflix

Among the sets recreated for the BFI Southbank exhibit is the Stone-in-the-Wood’s Brew Trough, where the Gelflings meet to quaff a brew or two—and to give the location the extra breath of life, craft brewery Verdant have created a pale ale especially for the occasion. There are also screenings, workshops, and special events leading up to the show’s premiere.

In the original film, Kira and Jen were on a quest to repair the crystal that would bring balance to the universe. Image courtesy Netflix

The movie starred an all-puppeteer cast of primarily unknowns, but this new chapter is a veritable who’s who of Hollywood royalty, from Game of Thrones alumni Lena Heady and Natalie Dormer to Kingsman stars Taron Egerton and Mark Strong to talent like Alicia Vikander, Helena Bonham Carter, and Eddie Izzard voice as an array of Gelflings, while professional funny folks like Keegan-Michael Key, Simon Pegg, Andy Samberg, and Awkwafina play Skeksis and Mystics. 

The eponymous dark crystal. Image courtesy Netflix

Tickets for the exhibit are free, but booking is recommended. For more information, see whatson.bfi.org.uk.

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