At WonderCon on Friday, the Legend of Korra team of executive producers Joaquim Dos Santos and Lauren Montgomery, with writer Tim Hedrick, shared the latest details on their project Voltron: Legendary Defender. Hitting refresh on the 1980s anime, they revealed the show’s voice cast, teaser trailer and animation studio, as well as its premiere date of June 10th exclusively on Netflix, and you can catch your first look at the series below.
Voltron: Legendary Defender is animated by Korra’s Studio Mir, bringing the core team back under their old banner, and the DreamWorks show’s main characters, with the leading team pictured below as revealed by Nerdist, have been cast as follows:
Steven Yeun (The Walking Dead) as Keith
Jeremy Shada (Adventure Time) as Lance
Bex Taylor-Klaus (Arrow) as Pidge
Josh Keaton (Green Lantern: The Animated Series) as Shiro
Tyler Labine (Tucker and Dale vs. Evil) as Hunk
Kimberly Brooks (Mass Effect) as Princess Allura
Rhys Darby (Flight of the Conchords) as Coran
Neil Kaplan (Transformers: Robots in Disguise) as King Zarkon
The character known as Shiro in this series returns from the first Voltron, in which he was named Sven. He, in turn, was adapted from the character of Takashi Shirogane in King of Beasts GoLion when this show was reinterpreted as Voltron. Shiro and his friends Keith, Lance, Hunk and Pidge set out to defend Arus from King Zarkon’s alien forces, and this series, unlike the original, is priding itself on giving all of its characters backstories and their own individual reasons for taking on the mission.
Although the one main female character being a princess is a little deflating to see, Montgomery does promise that Princess Allura will be a realistic character, “certainly not fainting at every little thing that overwhelms her.” We hope that she lives up to these expectations and will be able to stand with equal importance and strength beside the male cast.
Montgomery added to the show’s feeling of potential by saying that “Not everything is solved by Voltron alone. Sometimes they need to beat something just as the lions. Sometimes they just do it as themselves fighting as men.” And Dos Santos gave another intriguing hint, indicating that the Voltron robot itself won’t necessarily make an appearance at all in this first 13-episode series.