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SYFY WIRE Masters of the Universe: Revelation

WIRE Buzz: Kevin Smith's Masters of the Universe update; Tales of Arcadia: Wizards trailer; more

By Rich Sands
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By the power of Grayskull, we're finally getting an update on Kevin Smith's Masters of the Universe: Revelation series. On a recent episode of his Fatman Beyond podcast, Smith was giddy over the quality of the voice cast for the upcoming Netflix animated sequel to the iconic He-Man franchise, and indicated that dialogue recording has been completed.

Revelation, which is being produced in partnership with toy giant Mattel, is a sequel to the 1980s animated fantasy series He-Man and the Masters of the Universe and "will focus on the unresolved storylines of the iconic characters, picking up where they left off decades ago," according to Netflix. Smith serves as showrunner, and the animation is from Powerhouse Animation, the folks behind Netflix's Castlevania series.

The cast features a pantheon of sci-fi royalty, including Mark Hamill, Lena Headey, Sarah Michelle Gellar and Chris Wood. "The other day, we finished Lena Headey's stuff, which was awesome," Smith said of the Game of Thrones alum, according to Bleeding Cool (she plays the witch Evil-Lyn). "I could just listen to her all f***ing day long, man. She just brings it and chews that f***ing dialogue and makes it so good. Think of anyone in your life, have them say 'wretched,' and she beats them."

Hamill (as Skeletor), Gellar (Teela) and Wood (He-Man/Prince Adam) have also recorded their dialogue, according to Smith. "I've heard now all of the scripts brought to life," he said. "I've heard the last line of the show, so it's been fantastic." No word yet on when Revelation might premiere.

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And speaking of animated casts, AMC has announced a quartet of stars for its upcoming series Pantheon. First announced in March, the show is based on the sci-fi stories of Ken Liu, "about Uploaded Intelligence, or human consciousness uploaded to the cloud," according to Deadline. "The innovative series’ visual style is described as a fresh take on graphic realism done in a traditional 2D way, using modern tools."

Per Deadline, the cast will be led by Taylor Schilling (Orange is the New Black), Rosemarie DeWitt (the 2015 Poltergeist remake), Aaron Eckhart (The Dark Knight) and Paul Dano (There Will Be Blood and Matt Reeves's upcoming The Batman), though no word yet on their specific roles.

The hourlong series, which has already received a two-season pickup, is being executive produced by Craig Silverstein, who previously created the Revolutionary War drama Turn for AMC.

And finally, in yet more animation news, Netflix has released the trailer for the upcoming series Tales of Arcadia: Wizards. All 10 episodes of the final chapter in Guillermo del Toro's adventure trilogy for DreamWorks Animation will debut on the streaming service on August 7.

In Wizards — which follows the opening series in the franchise, Trollhunters and 3Below — "wizard-in-training Douxie (Colin O’Donoghue) and the heroes of Arcadia embark on a time-bending adventure to medieval Camelot that leads to an apocalyptic battle for the control of magic that will determine the fate of these supernatural worlds that have now converged," according to the studio.

O'Donoghue is best known for playing Hook on ABC's live-action Once Upon a Time series. The cast also includes Mark Hamill, Lena Headey, Emile Hirsch, Steven Yeun, Alfred Molina, Stephanie Beatriz and Diego Luna.