We’ve known for a few months that among Netflix’s plans to branch out into more original, animated programming, horror auteur Guillermo del Toro’s Trollhunters would be involved. Del Toro’s project, which, like the rest of Netflix’s slate, will be overseen by DreamWorks Animation, finally has a few names we can now tack on to it.
Variety reports that Kelsey Grammer — Frasier himself –is on board to do a voice, as will be Del Toro regular Ron Perlman — Hellboy himself. Both actors will play trolls (remember, this title of the show is Trollhunters), with Grammer getting into the kindly one and Perlman, naturally, sliding into the role of the villain, described by the makers of the project as “a sinister troll who targets Jim and his friends for battle.”
Jim, by the way, will be voiced by Anton Yelchin, Mr. Chekhov in the current Star Trek franchise, the next of which is set to arrive at multiplexes this summer. Also per Variety, in a joint statement via DreamWorks and Netflix announced Wednesday that broke this casting news, the Trollhunters plot was also unveiled.
Trollhunters will be “set in the fictional suburb of Arcadia,” where Jim, and his two best friends “make a startling discovery that beneath their hometown lies a hidden battle between good trolls and bad, the outcome of which will impact their lives forever,” the statement read.
No premiere date was mentioned for what is being referred to as “an epic family event series.” Hopefully, Netflix and DreamWorks Animation will hurry up and let us know.