Voltron is back. Finally.
In a time when every 80s treasure has received a 21st century reboot, Voltron is finally getting the nod. Dreamworks and Netflix have teamed up to revive the classic 80s cartoon in a new series called Voltron: Legendary Defender. For those too young to have watched the series, Voltron was a children’s show created by Peter Keefe and John Teichmann in 1984. In it, a team of five young pilots command five robot lions that, when needed, can join together to form Voltron – a massive, sword-wielding robot. If you became a Power Rangers fan in the 90s, you can thank Voltron.
Legend of Korra director Joaquim Dos Santos will be taking on the mantle of co-executive producer. The new team is voiced by an impressive ensemble, including:
- Hunk: Tyler Labine (Jimmy in Breaker High)
- Lance: Jeremy Shada (Finn in Adventure Time)
- Pidge: Bex Taylor-Klaus (Audrey in Scream: The TV Series)
- Shiro: Josh Keaton (Hal Jordan in Green Lantern: The Animated Series)
- Princess Allura: Kimberly Brooks (Ashley Williams in Mass Effect)
- Coran: Rhys Darby (Murray in Flight of the Conchords)
- Keith: Steven Yeun (Glenn in The Walking Dead)
According to USA today, DreamWorks gave the creative team carte blanche to make changes in the new Voltron franchise, and Dos Santos admits that considered various versions, they opted for an epic Game of Thrones feel with some humor, and upping the danger level. According to Dos Santos, “you actually feel like, ‘Oh man, is Voltron going to get out of this one?…There are some of those encounters they just manage to survive.”
“Not everything is solved by Voltron alone.” said co-executive producer Lauren Montgomery. “Sometimes they need to beat something just as the lions. Sometimes they just do it as themselves fighting as men.”
“We’re trying to keep as much of that classic feel to it as we can, because ultimately we have huge amounts of nostalgia for (the original) show.” She adds.
Voltron: Legendary Defender will be bingeable on Netflix on June 10, 2016.