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The Tales of Arcadia trilogy has finally come to an end with the launch of Guillermo del Toro's third animated Netflix series, Wizards, today on August 7. But that doesn't mean fans are going to be left high and dry by the series' finale. Combining all three Tales series — Trollhunters, 3Below, and Wizards — is a final feature film that looks to end the ambitious del Toro tale with a cherry on top: Trollhunters: Rise of the Titans.
The series were only the beginning, as Rise of the Titans looks to give the heroes from each entry in the trilogy a reason to team up and "fight the Arcane Order for control over the magic that binds them all."
Take a look at the official announcement:
“Team Trollhunters committed, about a decade ago, to try and push the boundaries of 3D CGI animation made for TV. We outlined a vast trilogy of interconnecting mythology and characters that we always hoped could culminate with a massive 'all-stars' reunion,” said creator and executive producer Guillermo del Toro in a statement. “DreamWorks Animation and Netflix both shared the very ambitious notion of doing the three series, interwoven and then finishing off with a bigger, epic-sized feature film to top it all off.”
Writer/EP Marc Guggenheim recently told SYFY WIRE that, for Wizards at least, the idea of coming full circle was important to del Toro. "To get to the end, we actually have to show the beginning," he said. "There's a beautiful symmetry to that. And it allows the audience to not just see moments that they may have always wondered about, but see characters they haven't seen in a very long time. It allowed us to bring back Dictatious, Mark Hamill’s character, and Vendel (Victor Raider-Wexler). There are so many great characters that we haven't seen since Trollhunters ended that we get a chance to revisit before saying goodbye to everyone for good."
That same strategy seems to be in place for the film, which will reunite characters from across the trilogy. Guggenheim is one of the writers of the film alongside Dan and Kevin Hageman, while three directors (Johane Matte, Francisco Ruiz Velasco, and Andrew L. Schmidt) are already at work in production on the film.
Of course the cast is going to be epic. Emile Hirsch's Jim, Lexi Medrano's Claire, Charlie Saxton's Toby, Kelsey Grammer's Blinky, Alfred Molina's Archie, Steven Yeun's Steve, Nick Frost's Stuart, Colin O'Donoghue's Douxie, Diego Luna's Krel, Tatiana Maslany's Aja, and Nick Offerman's Vex are all coming back for another magical round. Other performers on Rise of the Titans include Cole Sand, Fred Tatasciore, Brian Blessed, Kay Bess, Piotr Michael, James Hong, Tom Kenny, Angel Lin, Amy Landecker, Jonathan Hyde, Bebe Wood, Laraine Newman, Grey Griffin, and Cheryl Hines.
Trollhunters: Rise of the Titans hits Netflix in 2021.