Trollhunters Found a Way to Include Anton Yelchin in Season Two

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DreamWorks Animation and Netflix have announced that Trollhunters, the animated series from Guillermo del Toro, has been renewed for a second season consisting of 13 episodes. The story follows Jim Lake Jr., a teenager who comes across a magical amulet which gives him the title of Trollhunter. He’s then introduced to a secret society of trolls who are living beneath his hometown of Arcadia, and it’s up to him to protect them in an ancient battle of good versus evil. But if he’s going to save the world, it’s gotta wait until after gym class.

The new season will find him venturing deeper into the troll world to battle the vicious leader of the Darklands, while his team works to maintain order in the human world. As for Anton Yelchin, who tragically passed away in June 2016, he will continue to voice the character in new episodes. That’s because del Toro had already planned 52 episodes broken down into 13-episode arcs from the beginning and recorded the Star Trek actor over several years.

“From the get-go, even in the first season, we knew we wanted to preserve as much of the performance of Anton as possible, both from an artistic and a human point of view, and also simply because I think it’s a tribute to what we think he brings to the role of Jim,” he explained to Entertainment Weekly.

“And there was a break in the arc in the right episode that allows us to preserve all the work that Anton did that was phenomenal. At the end of recording sessions, Anton did one of the most complex episodes and then he looked at the pilot, complete, and there was a great moment in which he was able to see the work and do a really complicated episode in which he did multiple voices and we were all so proud and so close when we lost him. And now I can tell you, we’re not only going to second season, but we’re going to be able to preserve a really large part of it with Anton’s voice.”

It’s still a little strange to hear his voice after what happened, but I also think this project is a wonderful tribute to him and highly suggest you give it a watch. In addition to Yelchin, Kelsey Grammer, Ron Perlman, Amy Landecker and Steven Yeun also lend their voices to the series.

(via Entertainment Weekly, image via screencap)

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