“Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance” was canceled back in 2020. And while Netflix doesn’t release viewership numbers, the rumors at the time suggested the show’s audience didn’t justify the expense of making this prequel to Jim Henson’s 1982 fantasy movie “The Dark Crystal.” Which was unfortunate for Louis Leterrier, who had directed all 10 episodes of the series and executive-produced the show.
But it wouldn’t be all doom and gloom — at least not for Leterrier, who not only worked with “Fast and Furious” franchise star Jason Statham on the first two “Transporter” films, but also directed British actress Nathalie Emmanuel as the voice of Deet in the “Dark Crystal” Netflix show. The actor had appeared in the “Fast” series since 2015’s “Furious 7” in which she played computer hacker and tech expert Ramsey, and had shown up in each successive film. So, when it came time to replace Justin Lin on “Fast X,” Emmanuel put in a good word for her former “Dark Crystal” director.
As Leterrier recalled to The Hollywood Reporter:
“You know who put in a good word? Nathalie Emmanuel, who I worked with on ‘Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance.’ So, Jason [Statham] and I know each other, obviously, but I don’t know if they called him. But I know that they called Nathalie, and she put in a great word. So it’s very much thanks to Nathalie, and I thank her very much.”