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Guillermo Del Toro’s Trollhunters Netflix Show Will Star Anton Yelchin in One of His Final Roles

Trollhunters Season 1 December 2016

We have already been pretty interested to see Guillermo del Toro’s upcoming animated Netflix show Trollhunters; the story is actually an adaptation of a little-known book of the same title that del Toro wrote. Those who’ve been following the news about the show for a while will recall that Anton Yelchin of Star Trek fame had signed on to voice the lead character, a 15-year-old boy named Jim. The show plans to keep Yelchin in the lead, at least for the first season of the show, even though Yelchin tragically passed away earlier this year.

Entertainment Weekly has a sneak peek at some preview images of the show, featuring Yelchin’s character Jim (in the center of the photo above), as well as a couple of the other characters and the trolls, who’ll be voiced by Guillermo del Toro mainstays Ron Perlman and Kelsey Grammar. Jonathan Hyde, Lexi Madrano, Amy Landecker, Fred Tatasciore, and Steven Yeun will also be rounding out the rest of the voice acting cast.

EW’s reportage doesn’t specify what will happen to Yelchin’s character going forward–whether he’ll be replaced, or whether another lead character will come to the foreground, or what. However, del Toro did take the time to praise the “warm, accessible quality” that Yelchin brought to the character of Jim: “That simple goodness and beautiful soul came through every time [Yelchin read].” Del Toro went on, “We went through great pains to ensure that his voice is preserved for the series. He was so passionate about it, and he had so much fun doing this.”

It’s a shame that Yelchin’s voice for Jim won’t be able to continue past the first season of the show, but at least he was able to participate in a project that sounds fun and rewarding. Trollhunters will debut on Netflix this December.

(via /Film, image via EW)

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